87-year-old Fritz is a WWII Navy veteran and former Commander who helped protect the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered - but now he faces an even bigger battle...one with Alzheimer's.
This past September, I fulfilled a longtime dream of participating in the Missouri Photo Workshops. MPW is one of the oldest photojournalism workshops in existence.
Paying tribute to the great photographers of the Farm Services Administration - like Dorthea Lange, Walker Evans and Russell Lee - MPW chooses one small town in Missouri to photograph every year.
Students are then given a week to find a story and document it. You are limited to 400 JPEG frames the entire week and can't edit or delete.
It was an amazing experience, and one that I will never forget. It was also extremely challenging, pushing me in ways I never thought possible.
I encourage any Nikonians (from anywhere in the world) who are seriously interested in photojournalism, street photography and/or environmental portraiture to consider applying.
Thank you for your feedback Bob, it is appreciated. Yes, I'll agree that it is a horrible disease. Fritz still had some of his wits left, although it was painful to see the effect it had on his family. One minute they are as sharp as a tack, they next they can't remember where their bedroom is.
I particularly like the B&W image...truly powerful! As a Soldier with over 30 years of service and still serving in uniform in Afghanistan, I call on all my brothers and sisters to take the time to honor all of those that have served before us and thank them for our distinguished military legacy and heritage.
Bill I did not realize you have served over 30 years-you are holding up well. Yes it is important to reflect on the sacrifices men and women in the military have made in making the world safer, especially those who lost their lives in doing it.