Steve Jobs February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011
Last week Steve Jobs passed away. I was so stunned by the news I gasp when I first found out. I should not have been. All the signs where there. His battle with cancer and stepping down from Apple. But I was not paying close enough attention to see it coming. Right now I am typing on a Dell computer and my images get edited on Compaq ( I would have a Mac but its to expensive..but some day). I grew up with Apple computers in my schooling. Back in 1990 I was using the Macintosh in school. It was a typing class and it took years to get my eyes off the keyboard but I finally did. Then in the late 1990's I played around with my roommates Mac. But in 2004 I went to school and was thrown into the world or Apple. And seen three generations of Apple computers when I was there. I love these computers and felt so comfortable using them. I am a Mac user and always will be one. Even if I do not own one...not yet.
The day after his passing I heard a lot about Steve Jobs. And the most I heard was his 2005 commencement Address at Stanford University. I listen to the Speech three times threw three different podcast. And it was hammered into my head after the third time. He spoke about his childhood and his firing at Apple and his return to Apple also his bout with cancer. But what I learned was he had his pit falls and bumps in the road like everyone else. But that did not hurt him. It made him the man he is better and more driven. That is the spirit that captivated me the most. And also he drive for free thought and originality. Not to live someone else's ideas but to make your own . To make a mark on the world and to be you. Not to stand under someone else's shadow but to cast your own.
That's what I been preaching about my photography and the photography of others. Do not just do what looks good. You look like everyone else. Do something different...Be original..Be creative..then if your not then I can go online and show you ten other examples of work that looks like yours.....
Ok take care and RIP Steve you had a vision and will live on for generations.