A Funeral and a Farm (cont'd)

Back in April 2012, close to the time of my uncle’s funeral, we went to a friend’s farm that was being bought out by a big housing developer.  


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Despite what the above sign says, our friends parents (owners of this farm) were allowing people to come and take whatever they wanted. Wood from barns that were built in the 1920’s, old doors with locks that required skeleton keys to unlock, dishware from the 1950’s, old typewriter’s, old window’s with chipped paint.  


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This land was so rich in history (it had been in our friend’s family for over 100 years) and culture, that it was almost unbelievable that it would all be destroyed and be divided up into subdivisions and have new houses be built on it.

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I understand the natural order of things, but I couldn’t get it out of my head that we don’t seem to have this sense of home anymore. At least I don’t. Everything felt so peaceful, so rich, so energizing, inspiring, and alive on this land. We spent a good 5 hours on this farm and I didn’t want to leave. I felt it had a story to share, and that that story was only going to be destroyed in a few short weeks. Again, an end of an era.

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It made me feel as if I needed to find a place like this for my life. To build my story on. Moving approximately every 3 years of my life has left me with a sense that every place I live is temporary. And I guess everything is temporary. 

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This farm had so many stories I wish I could have heard over a campfire, and I’m sure there were photographs of this farm over the years that I’d love to see and pass around a kitchen table while drinking coffee

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Either way, new homes are being built on this land, and there will be new stories that can be made and told. 

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My Mom and Aunt, and friend Liz, were able to join us out there, and I’m glad they could be there to walk around that farm with us and take in all that was there. 

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- Sara <3

p.s. Here’s a link to a TED video about restoring old photos that were more or less wrecked by the Tsunami in Japan:

http://www.ted.com/talks/becci_manson_re_touching_lives_through_photos.html

A Funeral and A Farm

I went to my uncle’s funeral, and I went to a farm that was closing down. Both happened a few months ago. And they were both somewhat similar. For this post, I’m going to write about the funeral.

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My Aunt and Uncle moved out to Newfoundland last year. After living here in Alberta for a few odd decades, and after having one last roast beef dinner in a house that i’ll always remember the smell of, I said to my aunt “an end of an era.” To which my aunt replied “no, just the beginning of a new one.”  

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Attending my uncle’s funeral a year later would stir up some interesting and confusing feelings. Funeral’s are always so emotionally and mentally exhausting. I was out cold for an hour after my uncle’s funeral, which is unusual for me as I almost always have troubles sleeping. Tired or not. 

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My uncle’s passing was the 3rd person, in as many years, to die and leave this life. I’m mostly accustomed to people in my life dying quite frequently. Since the age of 5 or 6, when 2 of my best friends were hit crossing the street, I have had death in my life.

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You would think I would be a professional by this point, but to be honest, I’ve never gotten used to going to funeral’s and giving my condolences. I am gripped by the throat when it comes time to say anything to anyone that is also greiving, and my shoulders and head ache at the end of the day.  

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I took these photos of my cousin’s horses during some down time while we were planning my uncle’s funeral. There’s something about these photos that just seem fitting (to me) for this (quite) personal post. Hope you enjoy.

- Sara <3

June 9th Storm - iPhone photos

June 9th was a beautiful day. Warm in the morning with the sun shining, then in the afternoon a crazy awesome storm (that got somewhat not so awesome for the area between Leduc and Camrose after a tornado watch was issued). Saw the brightest lightning, and heard the loudest thunder. Topped off with a torrential downpour and pea-sized hail. It was great. Here are some photos we captured as we drove around. 

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The Walk

The MS Walk in Edmonton was held May 27, 2012 on a beautiful Sunday morning. 

I felt honoured to be walking with/for my friend Danielle. Got emotional a few times too. Especially when Danielle gave up her scooter for another woman with MS that was struggling on the way to the finish line.

It was my first “walk” ever, and it was worth getting up at 6am on Sunday morning for. I would do it again in a heart beat.

Especially for such an amazing woman.

Here’s a glimpse into our morning.

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And here’s a glimpse into the life of an MS patient (video courtesy of CTV). In particular, my friend Danielle. You have to copy any paste the link as I’m still learning how to put a video on the blog.

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- Sara <3

MS Walk - Why I'm Walking

It’s been almost a year since my friend Danielle was diagnosed with MS, and she’s been through more in this one year than some people will ever go through in a life time. She’s taken hit after hit after hit with symptoms ranging from blindness in one of her eyes, to extreme exhaustion, to losing the ability to use her legs. The only concrete thing is that she’s been told she had MS. All of the rest (treatment, outcome, etc) seem to be more experimental than anything. 

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Danielle is an amazing woman that is a mother of 2 beautiful girls and a wife to an awesome husband (a fun fall session we did last year: http://ohtheplacesthatigo.myfotojournal.com/2011/nov/01/sontag-family/). She is kind, caring, full of life, funny, loving, and an all around awesome human being. It’s been hard to see her go through this this past year.

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I’ve done this post a little differently than I had originally planned. Danielle and I went out on a sunny, but chilly, day about a month ago to do a little photo shoot. I had initially planned to use photos from that photo shoot for this post, but instead I’ve chosen a couple of my favorite photos of Danielle that I’ve done, along with just a few from the photo shoot. The above photos were taken last year, and the bottom photos taken from our shoot from a month ago.

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I’ve never done any kind of supportive fundraising walk/run/bike before, but felt convicted to do the MS Walk with Danielle this year after seeing how hard she’s struggled, as well as to show her my support. Our team is called PMS (Pretty Mean Sisters) and have raised almost $1100 towards the MS Society and MS research. To pledge money for this walk, and Danielle’s team, please go to: http://mssoc.convio.net/site/TR/MSWalk/AlbertaandNorthwestTerritoriesDivision?team_id=3219&pg=team&fr_id=1306 and click on any of the team members names (mine is there as well) to make a pledge.

- Sara <3

Aliya

Some main key words that describe this shoot:

Rooftop. Edge. Vertigo. Sun. City. Gorgeous. EYELASHES (real)! Fun.

Enjoy!

- Sara <3

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Megan

Well, I get to make a new blog post on another beautiful friend!

Megan and I met and became friends in nursing school. I recognized her during the first few days, and after a few chats we realized that we both went to the same high school. And somewhere between car pooling home on the weekends, to birthdays, to “triple black diamonds,” we became friends ;)

Thanks for being fearless in front of my camera!

- Sara <3

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The Allan's

Love this little family. This shoot consisted of pizza and a quick stroll through an iconic Edmonton neighbourhood before we were all freezing and had to go back inside.

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Around the House

Just some shots from around our house. Was feeling the need to shoot something, anything, and the objects I photographed around our house modelled for me well ;)

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Here and There....

Some photos I’ve taken over the past week that I wanted to share! Happy Leap Day!

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