by J. Ramón Palacios
tell a friend about this article
endless love story ...
could have chosen the route of Contax or that of the Leicas and
not the one of the Exaktas and finally Nikon, the very same way
we could have been born Buddhists or Mohammedan. Maybe that is
not so relevant, even knowing that Nikon makes a difference ...
matters is that through the love for photography my father and I
loved each other more, for we found a common neutral ground where
we gained additional respect for each other; I found additional
means to communicate with my children, I had a lot of fun, met many
people and knew them better.
EM, 75-150mm f/3.5 E zoom lens
keep an almost infinite archive of memories; some on paper, others
on negatives, some more on hard disk and much much more on my
own memory and my heart.
has also been a medium for one of my many searches, the practice
of one of my father's sentences: "No matter what you do, always
accept the challenge to find ways to do it the best you really
home is full with framed pictures whose images I do not update,
I simply increase the number of frames for pictures; almost have
no surfaces left whether on furniture or on walls because I keep
taking pictures. At least one camera, loaded, is always nearby.
ancient Chinese and Egyptians asserted that no one dies while
remembered by someone. The many pictures I have given away as
gifts, always with great pleasure, most certainly carry that hidden
purpose of extended life.
picture above, was made of me by my son Juan Ramon, with his
compact Nikon EM and a great 75-150mm f/3.5 Series E zoom
lens, when he was 9 years old.
daughter Tatiana took the Kwanon route for a while, produced
incredible images with her A2E's,
and learned since to always carry everywhere a backup: the
very good Olympus
LT Zoom 105 QD point and shoot camera, lately replaced
with a digital one.
right, her daughter, my first grandchild Cassandra, who
takes surprising photos with her Polaroid with increasing
frequency. Very photo conscious from day one (hour one in
fact), she kindly let her pacifier down to allow me to take
her picture at rest, back in 1996 -the year the Nikon F5
now has a Nikon N80 with two zooms: the 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF
and the 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED and when she gets the time she plays
with Photoshop. Of course she is now seriously considering a D70s
and a S1 as convenient backup.
one day someone will ask my kids "Where did you learn?" and
hopefully they will answer: "My father taught me; and he learned
from our grandfather"; and through that, my father and I will
continue to live in their memory.
Pa. USA 1973 ->
grandchildren will surely answer to the same question: "
From our Mom and my uncle -or from Dad and my aunt... and
they from their Dad, our Grandpa, ... and he from his Dad,
our truly great Greatgrandpa; and he from his Dad and his
NL Mexico 2003 ->
.... with a little bit of luck, an endless love story .... will