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Blessed by Two

I admit that being a grandfather is an emotionally challenging proposition. On the one hand, grandchildren are a gift. On the other, I’m in age denial. I use the Italian – Nonno – to lessen the blow.

I don’t get to see them very often as a lot of geography stands between us, so seeing them is a treat. This is especially true of my son’s children.

Staying in the moment is important, but being a photographer helps in preserving them. And for us photographers, photography is the moment.

I don’t think moments like these are appreciated as much until the images appear:

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

Lucas has discovered bugs.

The allure of photography has always been that captured moment. The lens and the light focusing our attention, allowing us to absorb that which without it would be fleeting.

I debated color vs. black and white for these, not an uncommon argument in my mind. It’s obvious which won, but for how long? I always come back to Jay Maisel; I think for these images it’s gesture that wins.

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

These are all shot with ambient – no reflectors, no lights. No possibility with these young’uns.

I created a slideshow with 19 of my selects. Enjoy. I have.

Miss y’all already.

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