This project is not about me or my photography. I'm using my blog as a vehicle to let my long time friend tell his story of survival day by day.
He is the photographer. He will tell his story and I will post it in blog posts as I receive it.
From his November 17th 2017 GoFundMe:
I was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a chronic lung condition that slowly strips the lungs ability to take oxygen out of the air. I have struggled with it my entire life.
Cystic Fibrosis has damaged his lungs so much that he is in need of a double lung transplant. Even if you have insurance, aftercare money plays a huge part in the patient selection process of transplant programs.
Here is Bob with more on his experience so far.
Here is his GoFundMe. As he explained in the video, this crowdfunding campaign is essential to help him get the life saving procedure he needs.
He's done all he can to care for and manage his disease himself. Now it's our turn to help.
Please donate what you can, share it with who you know, and pray to whomever you pray to.
Follow this collaborative project in my Photo Essay page.
I haven't been shooting a lot lately. Sometimes life gets in the way of art and business.
This is just a quick snap I did on a trip this week. It's not wonderful photography, but, it's a place and time that speaks volumes about life and friendship.
It represents where he and I are, right now, this week, at this point in our lives.
Photography is a great communicator and while I could do a whole photo essay project on this issue ....right now life is in the way. If I'd had more time there, the following narrative is what I'd try to say in photos......
This is my friend Bob who I stopped to see on Wednesday when I was in NC. He has Cystic Fibrosis.
He is giving me a sassy face (by my request) because, for the last 32 years, that is what Bob does when we chat. He gets sassy with me. 😂😂
Bob cannot get on a transplant list if he cannot show enough funds to cover the after care.
He will die without the transplant.
A $20 donation to his gofundme will give him a shot at life and will not cause you to live in poverty for eternity.
Please donate what you can, share his gofundme link with everyone you know, and pray to whomever you pray to.
The wild beauty of the upper Delaware River is something that I've admired and photographed for many years. This river has been one of my favorite places all of my life.
One of my regular summer activities has been tubing on the river. Floating along the top of the water has given me a broader understanding of the landscapes under the water.
I've never been a diver, or even a snorkeler, but what I've seen down there is such an incredible site that I am going to learn how to explore it much more.
This is a short collection of images I shot this month with the equipment that I have at the moment.
We need to ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin to protect this pristine and wondrous place.
If you'd like to see more of this evolving personal project, the full gallery is on this page Underwater Landscape Photography
Photographing the world around us.