Ten days ago I visited Martha Tessmer during my trip to Fresno, California. If you count this recent August trip, I have visited Martha and the support group she created for mothers whose children have died, the last five summers.
In the previous years, I met with many of the members of the Mother of an Angel Friendship Network. This year, I did not have the energy to call on the all the mothers of angels. During the last several months, I have needed to call mothers individually and seek their support.
Usually during September I process photos and publish blog posts. Perhaps it is time to reflect on all the photos and create a larger photo book. In recent years, I have written an article with a photo essay for a magazine. I also published a couple photo books. Each project feels insufficient, though important. Last year I visited with Martha and several of the mothers. You can view more photo galleries at the link here. I attended another event in the San Jose area. In previous years, I have photographed mothers at my friend’s tattoo shop too.
I have followed Martha to high schools when she presented near my Oakland home.
When the state and national distracted driving organizations held and event in Sacramento, I attended with my camera. I have met many people who are on the path less traveled or at least unexpected.
Someone once asked me how I could take photographs and remain humble. (When I look at the photos above the question seems like a joke, but I believe the friend was sincere.) I just take pictures. Imagery can change how we see something, but people matter more than pictures.
Recently, the people I photographed mattered when I needed help… and to think, I started this project to help others.