Lines | From Past to Future

My daughters and I visited teacher friends on July 2, 1979. They had sparklers in preparation for the July 4th celebrations. Of course, the girls wanted to play with them. It seemed like a good opportunity for a picture. It was getting dark as evening neared.The camera needed a longer shutter speed of a half second or more. The pictures turned out much better than I expected. Sparks flew and burst into small branches before dying out. We had fun.




In 1985, the Chicago Tribune Magazine ran a photo contest. Readers were invited to submit photographs with the theme ‘Lines‘. These two pictures from six years before seemed to fit the theme. I submitted the top photograph. A few weeks later I received a big envelope in the mail from the Tribune containing a check for $250 and a framed certificate. I won second prize.

Today, both beautiful daughters have wonderful children of their own. Some are the same ages as in these photographs. Much has changed in all three of our lives. Important things have also remained the same. When they look back to see the lines connecting their pasts to the present, I hope they see many lines full of happiness.


13 thoughts on “Lines | From Past to Future

    1. Jim Ruebush Post author

      Thanks, Steve. I was really surprised. I hope you are enjoying your 4th. We walked 2.5 miles to a Kiwanis pancake breakfast this morning. Proceeds were going to a community food pantry. The walk 2.5 back home ‘burned off’ some of the pancakes, eggs, sausage, and coffee. It was a good time.

      1. Steve Gingold

        We really don’t make much of a fuss over any holiday, Jim. Just do what we always do…photography in the morning (of course), little gardening, some beagle worship and some chores. If our neighbor has his annual illegal fireworks display Mary Beth will go over to their next door neighbor, visit and enjoy the show while I stay at home and comfort Bentley. They start after our bedtime anyway.
        South Amherst had a celebration on the small town green but in keeping my dislike of crowds I did not attend.

  1. shoreacres

    I remember the photos, and I’m happy to see them again. We re-read books, watch movies a second or third time, listen to favorite songs over and over: so why not repeat special blog posts? The effect made by the sparklers is great, but the smiles are even better. The circles made by the sparklers and the mention of new generations rising up remind me of “The Circle Game.”

  2. Mrs. P

    Wow…cool picture! So you are an award winning photographer! 😀 The closest I got was having one of my images make it on the online edition of our local newspaper.


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