My father is always a challenge to give gifts. His hobbies include wine tasting, photography, and playing World of Tanks. He has what he needs, loves what he has, and generally operates contentedly. Gift giving is something I love to do, especially when the gift represents something significant. It's the personal gifts that are remembered and cherished, yes? Over the years, my father has been the biggest fan of my photographical pursuits. And he is consistently awed by what I do in photoshop. Yes, my skills are basic, but you'd never know that from his careful study and specific praised. He is always the first one I run to when I have a new project completed.
I decided, after all that dedication, he deserved his own piece created specifically for him. Something that would be meaningful and encouraging wherever he puts it.
Last summer, my family grew so close. We spent a week venturing around Normandy right before the anniversary of D-Day. We all share a respect and attraction to that war. I took the base photo during one of the reenactments happening while we were there. It was a representation of the paratroopers, best portrayed in Band of Brothers (one of my family's favorite shows/stories). I crossed it with the American flag to add color, significance, and gravity. The quote is my own. It moves the photography beyond history into a image relevant in everyday scenarios.
The project was simple. The occasion is annual. But I'm so glad to have someone who appreciates me and the work that I do. I'm even happier to be able to turn that around and bless him as he has blessed me.