Thomas Harper was a professional photographer, framer, and videographer. He photographed hundreds of Atlanta weddings in the 60s and 70s, and countless pictures of me. Being the oldest grandchild does have a few perks.
My dear Granddaddy Harper passed away over Memorial Day weekend this year. It was real hard to watch him go, but his purpose here on earth was fulfilled. Until I see him again... I have his camera to keep his memory alive.
And what a cool camera it is! He shot with a Mamiya c330. This is an old school film camera, folks.
I guess I got the photog bug from my G-daddy. Still lots and lots to learn though.
I wouldn't know the first button to press on this camera. Anyone who can take photos with these machines deserves mad respect.
Maybe one day I'll learn to shoot film. Until then, it's me and my DSLR against the world.
Even if do learn film, I think I'll keep his camera as part of my home decor so it's preserved and I can see it daily. I paired it with his Navy picture on a bookshelf. What do you think? I'm diggin' it.
Here's one of my favorite shots he took of me when I was about 3 years old, circa 1976ish.
It's a little discolored from aging. I heart it. I keep a copy of this on my desk because it helps me stay in touch with that playful little girl, full of life and wonder, not yet beat up by the world.
Even as an adult, this is how my Granddaddy always made me feel - like a little girl who could crawl up in his lap or snuggle on the couch.
Thank you, Granddaddy, for being such a fine example of masculinity. You were strong, yet tender-hearted. You weren't afraid of hard work. You took me on fun-filled adventures. You kept your word. You made killer pizzas.
You always made me feel special and infinitely loved. And most importantly, you were a God-fearing man who created a legacy for generations to come.
I can't wait to see you on the other side and give you big ole hug!