Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mother's Day - Another Side.

I live in Crisfield. I love Crisfield. But today is not a "Crisfield" post.

Crisfield is located in Somerset County, and sometimes I present you with photos and light stories from around the county, simply because a city or town has more than one aspect to it.

I try to make my photos fun or educational, and they usually highlight the neat things about Crisfield and the outlying areas, and introduce you to some fine people.

But being that today is Mother's Day, I thought I would take you 'round the world and show you another side of my photography.

Mother's Day is a day to be with family. Some people have mothers who are deceased, and I know that Mother's Day can be extremely painful and lonely for them, especially if the loss has been recent. To them I send out my regards.

But today I also want to send out my love and well wishes to all mothers around the world. For some, the world can be a very bad place. I know. I have been there, and I have photographed those places.

So, while you are looking at these photos taken while on assignment in Thailand and Bangladesh, please think of those less fortunate on this day.











"All we see of someone at any moment is a snapshot of their life, there in riches or poverty, in joy or despair. Snapshots don't show the million decisions that led to that moment." - Richard Bach

23 comments:

Kelly said...

well that puts Mother's Day in a different light... I love the pictures!

Patty said...

Kelly: It does put things in a different light. I think sometimes we are so caught up in everyday life that we do not realize that so many suffer needlessly.

Strawberry Girl said...

I too have been thinking about this subject. Beautiful way of bringing it home. Thanks

(BTW-I am a member of the Shoot Out Gang, I posted that this week I myself had been "Shot" because I've been so busy... I think that some of us don't post some weeks because we didn't have the time to, they usually note that on the blogs keeping track of the "Shoot Out Gang" but I guess they missed noting it for me this week. I hope your Mothers Day is a special one).

:0)

The Pink Birdhouse said...

A wonderful post, dear friƩnd! I love what you said at the end of it! "a million decisions that let to that moment". Wow!! It leaves me speechless in all its truth!! Debby

Judie said...

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers out there. Thanks for sharing these photos to your readers. Sharing these will make people realize that some people are not as lucky as they are. Anyway, I thank you for visiting my site. I just arrived home from my retreat and I already posted the photos from our garden. I'm not really a good shooter but I hope those pictures will do. :)

Judie said...

And also, I am sorry to hear about that shooter from my country. I'll do my best to share pictures from my country and it is my pleasure sharing it with you. :)

Yaya said...

thank you for this non-traditional mother's day post. Mother's Day is one of the hardest days of the year for me. I've had multiple miscarriages and in my heart I am a mother to those babies that I had carried, but to the world I am not a mother because I have no children.
Thank you.

ROSIDAH said...

This is a very touching post, Patty. I hope everyone who reads this will see the deep meaning. Have a great week and happy Mother's Day :).

Si's blog said...

And all those women in extremist Moslem - and other civilizations - who are relegated to second class status by "men".

Jen said...

Patty, I have looked at your site with all your images. I was impressed by how excellent they are, and saddened by the life that the people you photographed live.

Butler and Bagman said...

Yes, I've seen some of those picures on your blog. And it is important to see the day from a wider point of view than a Hallmark Card. Very powerful stuff.

Patience-please said...

Your photographs are so powerful. What a gift to us all on this Mother's Day.

SOL said...

Just like a true photographer, you are presenting life from more than one angle, helping to find a greater truth.

Doreen said...

thank you Patty. we need reminders every now and then just how blessed we really are.

soulbrush said...

how inspiring and thoughful and gives us all a damned good jolt! thanks.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Thanks for the reminder not to take your mother for granted. All mothers are wonderful!

Owl Eng said...

I was moved to tears by those photos... Mothers' love is unconditional yet always taken for granted. I just want to say ' I love u' to my mum...

Noelle said...

What a reality check! We are so lucky.

Oz Girl said...

These kinds of photos are always a reality check for us here in the U.S. We are blessed with so many basic needs that others in this world do not have. Quite truthfully, I count my blessings for my simple needs being met all the time -- warmth in the cold, an air conditioner in the heat, shelter from the storms, food to keep me from being hungry, clothing to protect me... and the list goes on and on. I do not desire more wealth, because I already have more than 2/3 of the world's population. What more could I possibly want?

Thanks for sharing your photos with us. They are raw and inspiring at the same time.

gigi said...

That last quotes so powerful.
We are so blessed. I hope I never forget to be grateful for all my blessings.

Merisi said...

Thank you for sharing these poignant reminders of how many people on this earth live in the most dreadful conditions. Their numbers are so high, we need to be reminded more often how fortunate we are.

Garando said...

It breaks my heart to see these photos... It made me miss my mother even more.

Casedilla said...

Amazing post. Amazing photos. Love the quote.