Posted intentionally as the first image, this is as much back story as photograph: the lion was my maternal great grandfather's and the case is my paternal grandfather's war chest from Korea.
great grandfather was a
profound influence on me as a child and, before I was born, was the
owner-photographer of Penna-Sas Photography. It was with his fully
manual, 1970s Nikon SLRs and lenses that I first taught myself after he
passed. When I was a toddler, I would fall asleep on the back of this
lion, whom I adored.
My grandfather worked in a photography studio and lab before Korea, built a darkroom in his basement with my father and uncle, and influenced my uncle to study photography in college. My uncle's favorite photographic greats became my own.
So here is a photo of lineage, an homage to
influence. I love photography, and I'm proud to work as a professional with so much family having taken it up before me.
Oh, and Bruno there is my sister's recently adopted puppy. I'll bet 99%
of viewers find him a more compelling subject of discussion. He's a
good dog. (That's all you get for now.) There will be plenty more of him.