Happy Birthday

Posted October 4th, 2012 in Photos of Horst by neil

Happy Birthday Papa! You are in our thoughts every day, and we all miss you dearly.

Here is a fun photo that I found while scrolling through his archived photos on the computer. A really great shot that shows how he truly enjoyed having fun with his grand-kids. I don’t know exactly when this was taken, but according to my mom, it appears to be Spring of 2010.

A special moment for me: Last night, Brody went to his dresser and pulled out a book saying… “this is my favorite book”. It was the book of heart photos in which Papa had four photos published (Focus: Love). I had fun pointing out each of his photos to Brody as he browsed through the book; he wanted to see exactly where Papa’s name was.

Happy Birthday Papa

Posted October 4th, 2011 in Memories of Horst, Photos of Horst by neil

I took these photos back in spring of 2005, on our last trip to Brianhead, Utah. We used to go every year back in the late ’80s/early ’90s… probably 5 or 6 years straight. This last trip was extra fun because I took Lauren and Melanie along for their first time there. The girls took some snowboarding lessons, and my dad and I had some fun riding the slopes together.

Horst loved to snowboard, but unlike most skiers-turned-snowboarders, he still enjoyed skiing as well. So, he would rent a board on a day he would spend boarding. He definitely held his own on the slopes, and even though he fractured his ankle once while doing it a few years before this trip… he still got back out on the board.

Happy Birthday, Papa. We all miss you and love you so much.

Missing My Papa

Posted August 29th, 2011 in General, Memories of Horst by Stephanie

I wake thinking of him, I go to sleep remembering him, in my dreams I love to see him and I do. It’s been over a year that my Papa has passed and it still hurts. I needed to see a photo, so I came here….when I need to hear his voice, I go to his Flickr page and play a video of him encouraging my J.J. to swim, it warms my heart. Loving & missing you Papa 🙂

Your daughter,

Stephanie

Some Photos On Father’s Day

Posted June 19th, 2011 in Memories of Horst, Photos of Horst by neil

Thinking of Papa on this Father’s Day, and enjoying time with my own kids. I thought I’d share a few photos.

This is one of my favorite photos of my dad with me and my brothers. He set the camera up on a tripod and got this self group-portrait.

Papa with boys. Australia, c. 1973

Here’s one that he took of himself with daughter, Stephanie… out fishing.

Stephanie and Papa. Australia, c. 1974

One Year

Posted May 11th, 2011 in Memories of Horst, Photos of Horst by neil

Papa getting photos of Brody in the sandbox. Nov, 2009

It’s tough to put into words how it feels for this milestone to arrive; One year has gone by since he’s passed. Although it may sound like a cliche figure-of-speech, but I can truly say that there has not been a day gone by that I have not thought about him. Some days it is all consuming, others it’s a surge that comes in quick and fades out slowly.

We all miss him dearly, but what was unexpected to me was how much I miss his voice. I remember that when he called me on the phone, I would answer and he would greet me with “Hi, this is Horst”… as if I were a work colleague.  I always got a kick out of that, and would actually laugh out loud when he did it. A few months after he passed I had called the home phone at my mom’s house, and his voice was still on the machine. Continue Reading »

Some of his last photos taken

Posted April 22nd, 2011 in Unpublished by neil

 

My mother found a few photos in the catalog my dad kept on his computer. These photos are a few of the last ones that he took, on April 17th of 2010… one year ago this past Sunday. He was working on taking photos of everyday items that were in the shape of a letter.

Although they’re not anything really special, it’s nice to take a look back to see what he was doing at that time.

 

Last Roll Of 35mm Film

Posted March 25th, 2011 in Memories of Horst by neil

After my dad passed away, my mother gave me his old camera. I believe that she knew it would be in good hands with me, and that I’d cherish it forever. It is a Yashica Lynx-1000, and he bought it sometime in the early 1960s. This camera was used constantly and captured many family memories, and much of the old photos that I’ve been posting on this site.

When she gave it to me, I took a look at it and pressed the small button on the bottom that is used to rewind the film when the roll is done. It made that familiar click that I recognized to mean that it had a roll of film in it. After that I spun the rewind crank until I knew the film was in the canister, popped the back of the camera open, and sure enough… there was a roll of Kodak Gold 200 35mm film.

Immediately I wondered how long it had been in the camera. Continue Reading »

Light up my life

Posted February 14th, 2011 in Unpublished by neil

My mother has been starting to post previously un-posted photos of Horst’s to her flickr stream. I will be posting them all here as well. The other day she came across a few that he took way back in January of 2008. He had begun to experiment with ‘painting with light’ after being inspired by one of his flickr friends.

She guesses that he had planned to post one of them on Valentine’s Day that year, but decided on a different photo. Cannot pass up an opportunity to share such a great photo with everyone!! Happy Valentine’s Day!

(Sorry for the long delay in posts, it’s been a busy few months.)

 

College Era Photos

Posted December 22nd, 2010 in Memories of Horst, Photos of Horst by neil

A couple of months back in early October, I received some emails from two of Horst’s college classmates from back in Connecticut. First it was Bob Balaban who sent me an email, which I posted here. Then he got me in touch with Bob Pekar, who had re-connected with my dad back in 1989 and stayed in contact over emails throughout the years until the month before he passed. Bob P. explained that their freshman class of the University of Bridgeport Industrial Design was 30+ students. When they graduated in 1962, there were only 7 of them remaining.

Bob P. shared this with me in one of his emails:

I loved his photos and told him his talent was a toss up between design and photography. The love he had for your family and nature really comes out in the photos. Since receiving the sad news, thoughts of the good times at school and the Continue Reading »

Zabriskie Silhouette

Posted November 12th, 2010 in Unpublished by neil

This is a previously unpublished photo.

In March, 2010, Horst took a weekend trip out to Death Valley, CA with his wife. He had talked about doing it for years as he wanted to photograph the scenery… and finally, they decided to get out there. This was his last big “photo outing” before he began to get ill. There are many, many photographs that he took on this trip, and he wasn’t able to process all of them. I remember him showing me this one in particular. He did very little processing on this one; I think maybe just some contrast adjustment. The composition is pretty much how he shot it. I find that it has so much visual impact; the strong diagonal lines, the placement of the subject.

It is a testament to how he saw and photographed things. There were many photographers out there that morning, waiting for the right light to hit the hills and give them that perfect shot. He took that time and saw this simple shot of one of them waiting.