SUMMIT COUNTY — My passion for photography, skiing and travel were all sparked by my dad, who passed away last week. I was always eager to share my latest shots with him, and he did the same, often e-mailing pictures of dolphins he photographed in the Gulf of Mexico as soon as he could get home and upload them. We shared legendary road trips, counting tunnels on the Mediterranean coast highway between Genoa and Nice, plowing through deep powder on twisty mountain roads in Austria in our rear-wheel drive Chevy and listening to the Charlie Daniels Band and Roberta Flack on a non-stop run between Newark and Port Charlotte, Florida so many years ago.
He never hesitated to take us out of school a few days early for a journey, and even if he never verbalized it, it was clear that he considered life experiences to be equally as important as academic achievement. And when he gave me an old Asahi Pentax Spotmatic as my first SLR camera, I knew I had found something that I would cherish for life — the ability to capture some of those experiences visually and relive them in slideshows and photo albums. The technology has changed, but the idea remains the same.