My mother at 98 +

Frances at lunch

Los Angeles, California. I’m on my monthly trip to visit my mother who’s 98, going on 99 in May. She’s doing fine although definitely slowing down and fading a bit more. However, she’s still got her spark and gives me crap about not driving fast enough on the freeway. When she stops bugging me I’ll be worried.

Frances at the Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. This traditional Japanese garden is part of a large water treatment plant. It’s an incredible place few people in LA seem to know about.

Because the water running through the garden is so “rich” birds come from all over to hang out there and this day there were many: cormorants, many kinds of ducks, grebes, snowy and great egrets, a few Allen hummingbirds, and many more.

After we wheel around the paths we sit inside the tea house and look out over the place. My mother discovered this place ten years ago and we’ve been coming ever since.

4 thoughts on “My mother at 98 +

  1. Scott James

    More great photos, Richard. Your mom looks great! You’ve done a fabulous job documenting her wonderful face over the last, what, 10-15 years? Thanks again for your fine work.

  2. Jonne Naarala

    Always so delighted to see Frances! Both shots are brilliant and the B&W shot is a stunning one in addition because of those very cool reflections on her shades.

    Btw, what is the story behind RX100 MkII?

  3. Richard Post author

    Jonne: Glad you like these images of my mother. I hadn’t taken “portraits” like these in a while and felt I’d better keep up as she’s declining.

    I was on the fence about another camera that would allow me to shoot at 50mm to take my occasional head shot of someone. I still might bite on a system camera like the Sony A7 or the new Fuji with lenses but that’s a big move. So, instead of that, for now, I decided to get this camera again because I know it makes decent images and it has a zoom lens that will allow me to take images at 50mm. Granted, not all that fast at 50mm so tough to wipe out a background, but good enough. I still prefer using the Ricoh GR but 28mm for things like this just doesn’t work.

    The new Fuji looks very good to me and the next time I get to New York I hope B&H has it so I can get my hands on it.

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