death and why I charge so much for my photos.

Over the past few months I have experienced some very "human" things. 

Some of those are:

- a 30 something that died of cancer who I knew as a teenager.  He gave me a pair of shorts that I wore throughout my high school wrestling career.

- my grandfather dying only weeks after I took portraits of him on his land in the back woods of eastern Tennessee.

- a couple of high school acquaintances committing suicide

- a co-workers husband died just days after they asked me to shoot portraits of them.  We never shot the portraits. 

- my wife's great aunt got diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and died weeks later.

- John Krakauer's book Into Thin Air.   (this was just as emotional as someone dying)

-a few more that I won't mention


Through these , I've finally conceptualized why my photos are so valuable.  

They capture life.