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When I was 18 by megrandyphotos When I was 18 by megrandyphotos
My grandfather holding a picture of himself when he was 18 years old serving time in the navy.

I love to thank him a billion for letting me take pictures of him for my photojournalism assignment. He seems to be the only one I know who doesn't care about me taking photos of him, even though he's incredibly sick.

EDIT: Oh my I can't express how thankful I am for my third DD.

For those of you who don't know my grandfather has prostate cancer. He's doing better but he's not going to last too long, about a month ago we almost thought he was going to die. It was terrible. But at the moment he is going through physical therapy, it's a mystery that the last time I saw him (the photo) he couldn't even walk.

As for his time in the navy he served during the Korean Era from 1953-1955. He never really left the USA at the time so he never actually fought in war. To be honest I'm not sure what he did, nor dose my mother. I'll have to ask him later.

Hopefully that doesn't change your mind about this photo. This photo is really personal to me and my family.

As for my photojournalism skills I'm actually not that great of a photographer when it comes to photojournalism. If you've ever met me in real life you would learn very quickly that I am a shy person (also major pushover). It's quite rare for me to get a good photo like the one you see here.

I can't thank you all of how much your words mean to me. I've never gotten this many comments and faves before and I don't think I can comment on all of them but I'll be sure to read and appreciate every single one :).

Thank you all again.

EDIT: 2/4/13

I just wanted to give another big thank you to all of you who have given be big support of my photo.

You all have no idea how much it means to me to get feedback from a community of loving people who tell me to thank my grandfather for his service in the Navy.

My grandfather, Pete, died last Monday. And I am going to miss him greatly.

It was so very devastating to hear about his death. My mother especially. Right when she told me she was going to leave to go see him she got a call from her sister saying he had died.

My mother was there for him every week. She really did care for him.

My grandfather had been in and out of the hospital for three winters. I can not imagine myself doing something like that. He went through hell and back to stay alive. For the most part I'm glad he's not going to suffer anymore.

I'm glad I got to see my grandfather the day before he died. He couldn't cary on a conversation, but being able to see him one final time is all that maters for me.

It just doesn't feel like he's dead.

Thank you all again for the support. :)
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Given 2012-12-07
The suggester said: Between 2 photos there is a life. It looks both too short and too long. Very provocating photo to realize life. When I was 18 by ~megrandyphotos ( Suggested by Canankk and Featured by xbastex )
MORRISSEY4EVA Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
What a handsome guy! Amazing photo.
MikeHenry Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this :)  So perfectly deserving of the DD too!
cameranut Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
My grandfather was a cook in the Merchant Marine during WW2. My father died when I was ten and he was my father figure until he died , when I was a junior in High School . He taught me everything I know about tools , cars, woodworking and fixing things around the house . He died of a stroke ,doing what he loved working on his car . I miss him also, even though, this was years ago ,I have fond memories and photos of him . Be comforted that he is with God . Sincerely CN.
cameranut Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Unfortunately we all get old and face our mortality . Love them and support them while their here (your loved ones) ,cherish the good memories and hold them dear in your head and heart . You are young . MAKE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE , THE BEST OF YOUR LIFE . Sincerely CameraNUT
JoWaDraw Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This picture makes me feel bad :(

Getting old is a neat adventure but the fact that I'm eventually going to end is depressing, heh.
megrandyphotos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Photographer
Yeah it is depressing but that's life. And by the time we're this old (or older) we'll learn to accept it. Plus it's something you shouldn't worry about. You're still young and have a lot more days to go through. :)
KuraiApocalyptaX Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The saddest part of this photo is being able to see the rails of the hospital bed... It makes you almost wish you could have met his younger self.
GreenyOnly Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this picture, I really, really do. I don't know why but it makes me think of my grandfathers, both now dead. I loved them dearly and I agree with you, it still feels like they are alive. They will always be with us! :)

It is a strong picture and I love it.
Cocoman68 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful pic.
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Awesome picture! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
alicenpai Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The story behind this is really touching. It's always interesting to see a comparison of someone when they were young to them when they grow older. Great work; this is a well deserved DD!
MaltCorpse Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really touching. <3
e-l-a-n-i Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Hello dear member of :iconthepeopleavenue:

your beautiful photo has been featured in our latest journal [link]

Congratulations :clap: and thanks for sharing :wave:
megrandyphotos Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank you so much for the feature. It means a lot to me. :D
e-l-a-n-i Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
it's our pleasure to feature such a beautiful piece of art! :)
RedEyedGirl100 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Writer
coming from a long line of military men, I hold a lot of respect for your grandfather. But I can't get over how much his 18 year old self looks like my ex boyfriend.
megrandyphotos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Photographer
Haha I lol-ed at your comment xD.

But thank you though. :)
RedEyedGirl100 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Writer
your welcome :D
DeeJay1993 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
can you tell him thank you for serving even the littlest job is important
CH3CKMAT3 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Emotional factor, indeed.
madzulu Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Congrats on the DD. Love the concept.
Big hug G'Dad.
galaxywriter Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Thank your grandfather for his service for me!
ClaraMalaussene Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
he has sweet eyes, always had....very touching photo!
agelessDream Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Don't forget, we all are getting older... Someday we take a picture of our young self and remember a better time. Life is so short and precious.
Nattygrego Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photo !! and wish your grand dad to be well !!!
ToaDJacara Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Cool :)
Muzlanova Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Digital Artist
I think that this is a wonderful photograph!
GEN-12 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Never could to believe that old people once were young.... This picture says so much...
Souzay Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
This is very touching. God bless him.
thestjohnlady1 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
This picture is so striking.
It tells a story in its entirety.
Stunningly shot, and a beautiful outcome.
You're Grandfather must be so proud of you, as I am sure you are of him ~ I can totally tell that in this picture.
I hope he is doing well, I hope you get through all your exams; and I look forward to seeing your name and work in print sometime in the near future x
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hoorah!! are blessed.....great comp!!!

Congrats on the DD....XD x 10!!!
CaryAndFrankArts Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: This is a wonderful photo!! And so touching and emotive!!:clap:
Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
an intimate, moving, and profound picture.
murmaidlure Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so sweet! And so much heart put into it! Lovelovelove.
somekindofsavage Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Photographer
i've lost several members of my family to cancer, and so has my wife. stay strong. you are loved.
TaishoBee Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful scene, what a wonderful man :)
Walis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful photo. Please tell your grandpa "thank you for your service" from the bottom of my heart, from one U.S.N. Sailor to another. I wish him strength and a speedy recovery!
karkorof Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Your grandfather is strong.
Tegwen-Ianthe Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
This is a beautiful picture. My grandfather was a Marine durring WWII, so I know how dear these moments are. Congrats on the DD, you earned it.
Cyndrome Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the photo of the boy, all big grin, full of hopes and dreams and wishes for the future. And looking at the little smile on your grandfathers face, I believe he had a good life and he knows it. Though he is sick, he still has that open and positive look on his face.

I wish your grandfather all the strength and happiness in the last phase of his life. Be sure to ask anything you want to ask now he's still able to tell you.

Congratulations on the DD. I think you have much potential. Don't let your shyness put yourself down! If you want to be a photojournalist, than you are one. Having got a DD shows how good you are.

Good luck with your studies!
ForestDwellerHouses Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Its an honor to meet your grandfather and I thank him for his service! Congrat on the DD!
TaraOeuvre Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Thought provoking and profound in many ways.

My heart goes out to your grandfather, and you, Matt. May he experience comfort and healing.
exailious Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very touching piece. My dad and both grandpas served. Prayers to him and your family.
MikeZadopec Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Ad me to the long list of people who really love this photo. MikeZ.
Toash Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
it's very good photo and your introduction is very interesting too.
spring-sky Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this .

It makes me realize that time goes really fast ,I wonder how I'm going to look after 40 years from now .I'll try my best not to feel any regrets by the time I'm his age .

Also I loved how you talked about your granpa ,very touching and emotional .

Really deserved the DD
Trippy4U Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
mel--mel Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist
this photo reminds me of my own grandfather... =/
Canankk Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Featured in my journal [link] :iconarrheartplz:
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Nov 28, 2012, 6:13:37 AM