Now Is the Time
From Tree Encounters by William Workman, to be published in LensWork Extended #104
Life is short. Time is precious.
Two quick entries this afternoon that remind me of this, and why we should all be mindful of the cost of postponing our art life until we have time.
Michael Reichmann reports that he is emerging from his chemotherapy and doing well. A blessing to his family and friends. A welcome bit of news to all of us who value his wisdom, insight, integrity, and contributions to photography.
Then, this afternoon. We recently reviewed and selected William Workman's submission, Tree Encounters, for publication in LensWork Extended #104. Bill did not own a computer nor have email, so Maureen called Bill at his home to share the news that his work had been selected for publication. Instead, Bill's wife (of 47 years) informed Maureen that Bill was diagnosed with cancer in August and had passed away in October. The submission he sent to us was dated September 29th. Bill must have known that "Now is the time." We both admired Bill's photographic spirit — the way he never stopped venturing out to photograph his waterfalls, rocks, and trees — even until he was 80. He clearly loved photography, and it is our honor to posthumously publish his final portfolio.
Yes, time is precious. Worth remembering in this special time of year as we celebrate and look to next year.
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