As some of you may know, my grandfather passed away a week and a half ago. His wife, my “big gramma”, passed away on Dec. 29, 1999. At her gravesite service, my uncle Mike gave me a rose from her coffin. I took that rose home and dried it. Later that year in one of my photography classes at school, I photographed that rose. I did a macro shot of the dried petals and had it printed in a 16×20. I received enormous amounts of feedback on this image, not all positive, but extremely encouraging. It was this photograph that really got me intrigued by digital photography and photo manipulation. I think, it was one of the images that launched my career.
At this time of loss, once again, I have taken away a rose. “Grampa’s Rose” carries many similarities to “Gramma’s Rose”, yet they each have their own uniqueness and distinct differences, just as the people they are named for were in character and in life.