Thursday, July 20, 2006

A Kiss Is A Kiss

"Stealin' Some Sugar" by Wes Aldridge

"The Reaction" by Wes Aldridge

I am actually in beautiful Ft. Collins, Colorado, shooting an assignment this week. I don't feel like posting anything I've shot from here. But I feel like sharing and I go to some recent photos. Again I post some of the B&W shots from our family mountain getaway. I keep coming back to these shots as I feel more comfortable to share them with you. These photographs are among the most precious possessions of mine. They are memories of beautiful times where the whole world stands still, the times that I shared with the ones that mean the most to me. We don't see Spain or Italy or France, but plane tickets to far away places couldn't bring about moments like the ones captured in the frames above from the mountains of Georgia.

My parents, two very animated and lively folks, always show their hearts. They aren't concerned who is watching. They breathe in deeply the sweet breath of life... and live it.

"Stealin' Some Sugar." I think that to be an appropriate title. My sweet mother, out of the blue, lunged at my father and stole a kiss from him. In the following frame my mother adjusts her too-cool Aviator shades (very proud of what she so stealthily accomplished) and laughs a joyful laugh as my father reacts oh so silly to the unexpected flirtation. They are such hams, you couldn't possibly understand until you've stayed a weekend in the Aldridge home in Tunnel Hill, Georgia. And if you haven't, well, I sure they would welcome you, because folk like us don't meet too many strangers.

I can't look at the last three photos I have posted with dry eyes. These are our memories, immortalized. There must be something special about catching a moment. Once again, the light capturing box has served me well.