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The main reason why I photograph with a Leica camera:

“I want simplification, not amplification or complication…I just want light controls … because photography is about light.” – Thorsten Overgaard

“A camera that gives me the joy of ownership and the joy of shooting is much more important than one with the highest number of megapixels or highest ISO performance.” – Yukio Uchida

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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As I was walking through the lobby of the hotel I was staying yesterday this scene grabbed my attention.

What do you see in this scene?

Of course there are two “empty” chairs along with a table and on it a plant arrangement. Then there’s the carpet with different pattern formed compared to the lines across the table and chairs.

But what do you see?

I see two chairs where one could be where my mother is sitting and me next to her in a conversation enjoying the afternoon light. But I lost her a couple weeks ago. I was there when she left us.

I’m glad I moved back home a few months ago. I lived away from home for almost 40 years. My wonderful wife helped talked me into moving back.  Not necessarily a permanent move but a chance to be near family for a while. I’m grateful I listened to my best friend and spouse. We have so much to do yet in this life so no more wasting any more time.

4 comments on “Empty Chairs

  1. Leonardo says:

    Hi Duane,
    While reading the beginning of your text I was thinking about composition, the black background of the photo that grabbed my attention and other things with no clue of what this photo means to you.
    What I see now: The importance of the small things in life.


    1. Thank you Leonardo.


  2. Daniel Wray says:

    Appreciate this post, your candor and reflections. sorry for your loss. Your use of this photo in this context is a reminder that all photos are ultimately personal.


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