roughly two years ago i started uploading to flickr. couldn’t have imagined how photography would take off as a passion for me. i also couldn’t have imagined that the awesome camera my parents had given me would get ripped off in the security line at an airport a month ago.
i was overwhelmed with the number of you who commented on the photo that told that story, as well as those of you who took the time to send me email individually, offering lots of kind words of support.
but never in my wildest dreams could i have imagined that i’d be shooting on this day with a nikon D2X body, attached to a lens of my dreams. both of which were astonishing gifts from a family in the flickr community. they have asked to remain anonymous to the public, so honoring their wishes, i will refer to them only as my "fairy camera godparents".
they initially emailed asking if they might send me a spare lens that had become obsolete for them, as a way to kick start my photography after the theft of my camera. deeply touched, and after much MUCH thought, i accepted their kind offer. nothing prepared me for what i found when i opened the overseas package from them…not only a brand new lens, but this stunning pro grade camera, filter, camera bag, battery, and charger. all told, about $7,000 USD worth of gear. as i told them (once i got myself back together enough to send an email), it’s a darn good thing i was sitting down when i opened the box.
i had not (and still haven’t) ever met these folks or spoken to them in person. they were strangers in all ways except the sharing of pieces of life through flickr’s photo streams. but they had been moved by my photography and the graciousness of their own hearts to send this tremendous gift to me, halfway around the world, to further this passion of mine and enable more stories from places near and far to appear on these pages.
it’s been a long two years. but what a sweet way to end the year and begin this part of the story…the first picture i have ever taken with this new camera, starting over and looking forward to lots more adventures in travel and photography.
so to my fairy camera godparents…you guys know "thank you" doesn’t even come close. though you have insisted i offer you nothing in return, i can at least start by sharing your amazing generosity here on flickr. the media floods us with stories of sadness, but i felt compelled to offer your phenomenal gesture here as a way to cancel some of that out.
and to my other flickr friends…many thanks to all of you for two fun years of sharing stories, learning, and growing in this craft. cheers to everyone, and happy new year!!
Posted by another story on 2008-01-01 00:44:52
Tagged: , two , candles , new year , gift , nikon D2X , nikor 18-200mm VR