Working outside in the elements this week was a brutal task for people in the middle of the US thanks to some harsh weather. If you live in Cleveland and work on the 39th floor in a downtown building like my subject, the agony of the cold is limited to the short walk to the garage or subway.
I’ve never had a full-time job in which I was required to exert actual labor.
That’s because the sacrifices made by parents gave me financial help to attend college. That in turn, lead to my pursuit of photography as a career. This protection allowed me to concentrate on studying and growing without worrying about money.
My mother and father were the first college graduates in their respective families. My father had four older sisters who were all smart enough to attend college but the financial circumstances of the day meant that only the youngest child, my dad, would be able to attend college.
My mother wasn’t just the first member of her family to attend college, but also the first to earn a graduate degree.
For those that seek to work with their minds, the path is even easier today thanks to so many people who worked so hard to clear the way.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2300 completed sessions in all 50 US states.