Planning the Celebration of my husband, Ron Grogan’s life includes a slide show presentation. My best friend, Vicki, came to visit and we spent a weekend going through 35 years of albums and photo boxes to come up with a selection of possible photos of Ron for the slide show. My daughter located songs I wanted to use and I put them all together, but there was a glitch.
When I put the three soundtracks and the photos together I ran into a problem of too many photos for the length of music. Then I counted. There were 150 photos beyond the ending of the last song. What a nightmare to cut. Every photo seemed important, at least it was to me. I did cut, and then when I got down to about 25 over I contacted my daughter with the name of another song to add. After that I had to tweak the presentation, adding photos, removing photos, looking for the perfect mix. I still haven’t finalized. I continue to replay the show and make adjustments.
Ron loved life, family and photography, and that is what I wanted to capture. The essence of how he spent his time. It has been, overall, a fun project to do. Years of smiles captured on film. Years of memories, some I had forgotten about. Sometimes you realize the more things change, the more things stay the same.
From the time I met him in 1980, a solid majority of photos of Ron showed him with a camera in his hands. We sold his photographs at arts and crafts shows in 1982-83. Things were different back then. Only on occasion did someone have a tent, most people, us included, just sat up out in the open. Ron hand cut mats in intricate designs for his photos. It was a fun time. We stopped doing art shows once we had our first child in 1984 and didn’t resume selling our photographs until after we moved to St. Clair County in 2004 and jointed the Blue Water Shutterbug Camera Club. However, photography was always a part of our lives. From the time our kids were small we put cameras in their hands, and they grew up taking photos too.
Ron had a saying, “Change Equals Growth.” As people view the slide show I have put together I hope they see the many changes, the growth that has taken place in Ron’s life. Changes in his camera, clothing, hair length, and hobbies all captured with the wonderful art of photography.