Where has the time gone? Memories of my life.
by Steve Huff
Tic Toc Tic Toc…Where has the time gone?
As I wake up from bed and head to go look in the mirror in my bathroom I see a face that has looked back at me for nearly 45 years. Today the lines are forming, the aging is evident and the energy that I had in my 20’s is just not the same. For me, the older I get the faster the time goes by. It seems like literally 2 weeks ago that I started this website, yet it has been six years already! Before that I used to be a regular on the DPreview forums, hanging out in the Leica forum and chatting it up with people like Ashwin Rao, Peter (Prosophos) and Amy Medina (Dangrabbit). Posting images, tests, crazy comparisons and more. It seems that just 10 years ago I had the enthusiasm and energy of a 9 year old kid at christmas. But that was a good thing because I then took that enthusiasm and passion and turned it into this website, and it has grown behind my wildest dreams thanks to all of you who come here to read what I have to say, as well as see what the talented readers post. It is because of you that I still have the enthusiasm and passion to keep it going though I admit, I do not stress myself out over it at all. Life is too short. I just do what I do, and what I enjoy. I see so many bloggers who stress about content, getting a “staff” and trying to take over the photo blog world. Not me. I am happy where I am as to me it is not worth the stress and worry. If I were to always have stress that would ruin photography for me and I would be miserable. So I like to keep thing simple and while I still work round the clock on this site (shooting, writing, editing, emails, social media, etc) I love every second of it simply because I do not stress about it.
It is now mid 2014 and I sit and think…ho much longer will I do this? I mean, what about when I am 65 in 20 years? Then I sit and think of the possibilities and facts and I have my answer. “For as long as I can read, see and type and for as long as there is someone out there who can benefit from what is written on these pages”! The cool part is that there are now thousands of posts and articles here that will always be here..as a reference. Maybe even after I am dead and gone and my son takes over this website (my plan anyway) there will be someone out there who wants to read up on a Leica M8, or Sony NEX-5 or even learn some tips like how to shoot architecture or how to shoot a lens wide open for maximum impact.
What has been accomplished on this site has been remarkable, and it was not all from me! The ones here who have contributed to the site will also always have your words here for others to learn from. So while I have spent countless hours at my desk during the day, out shooting on weekend and even answering emails at midnight, it has all been worth it without a doubt. Over 90 million views to date (UPDATE 2016 – Nearly 170 Million views)…yes almost 100 million views, 1/10th of a billion! That is some exciting stuff right there and makes me proud of what I have created here. It makes me tell myself without a doubt that YES, this site will always be here and continue. One day there will be a new design, and TENS of thousands of posts for reference. For anyone who wants to see all of the posts here already, click here for the list and links to them all.
Photography is a powerful thing..
As I look deeper into the mirror and think back through the past 20 years I have flashes of memories go through my head from my son Brandon being born, to my old dog Scrubby who is no longer here to just recent times of meeting Debby and having a renewed zest for life. When I see these flashes, many times I am seeing a photograph I took – because that photograph created the memory in my head. It’s a magical and powerful thing. Without photography in my life many of these memories would be foggy and that would be horrible. Because of me taking my camera everywhere with me I have amassed a huge amount of these memories and I have hard drives filled with moments that most have never seen. Some that no one else besides me have ever seen. I look through them every few years and it brings back the joy, pleasure and emotion of the time.
So as I started this post talking about getting older and thinking about my life I also want to say that I have only just begun this journey and this site will always be here for as long as I am able to keep up with it. With that said, I hope all of you out there keep the passion alive within you. Keep the love, energy and passion! I am telling you that is a key to life happiness. Get out there and enjoy your hobbies, all of them. Take a camera with you every day and take photos of YOUR LIFE. One day you will look back at all of the memories and be very glad that you did. I know I am.
With that out of the way..how about some flashbacks of my life dug up from the depths of one of my hard drives that I had stored in a cabinet for years? I have 20-30,000 images and these were just random choices..nothing specific! Just a mish mosh of images from the last 12-13 years.