The link posted here will really be my first public outing since the passing our our son, and although I was asked to do several interviews with local news stations, I declined simply because I could tell my story but who in reality would give a damn. Sure friends and family would, and a few strangers would be supportive, but the general population would simply see this as just another news story.
I could say I found a way to be more productive but that would be a lie. A way found me. Enter Scared 2 Death. I was contacted by the brains of this program, and lets just say I bought in. My message was best served telling others with problems, like my son, the reality of what the future could hold for them and what the effects of these actions have done to the people who loved them most.
So without a bunch of useless words from a talking head, here is the story on the Scared 2 Death project.
Thanks all for the read.
I have a bit of a problem. See I want to say something, but I am really trying to be a nicer guy, but no matter how I say it, It won't sound good. So screw it. I will just say it. All the buzz this week is about a large field of Sunflowers located in Sanborn, New York.
Pretty cool I guess, considering we don't see this too often in our neck of the wood. Oh sure you could drive towards Rochester or perhaps along rt.17 towards Binghamton. I know there are massive fields of sunflowers in those areas. Question here, is it really worth the drive to see sunflowers. All depends on who you ask. In reflection, yeah it is kind of nice to see them, they are pretty cool. Big thanks go out to the people who planted a whole field of them. I should have grabbed the name, but I did not. Yes that makes me a bag. Pressing on.
So here is where it gets a little weird for me. I think every damn person in the world has seen a sunflower, and if you have a bird feeder, it is likely that you have had them come up in your yard. On the Photo side. Everyone and I mean everyone is out there with their fucking I phones and digital cameras snapping away. Yeah I did it too, however I think a lot of people missed the "BIG PICTURE" here. So as everyone was taking selfies, and individual shots of specific sunflowers, I was like, holy shit are you kidding me. We have a huge ass field of sunflowers here that a very generous farming family has provided for the public's viewing pleasure, and the majority of imagery being taking of this gift is fucking selfies. Please! Now the few decent ones I have seen were not really decent because of composition it was largely in part to some really good equipment being wasted on people who have no fucking idea to to use that camera. Not to mention the only decent portrait I saw taken with a sunflower was by a friend in photography that I have never met, but he seems cool.
Nice Job! You know who you are... I would mention your name but I didn't ask if you even wanted a shout out. So with all this sunflower fuckery about, I took my big carcass out to Sanborn and gave it a shot. However instead of doing a selfie I did a wide angle panoramic. Sticking to the rule less is more, I suspected that this would show things in a different light. Hell maybe even almost EPIC! What was even more noteworthy on this day was the cloud cover. Maybe no one noticed but it was raining like a bitch earlier today and when things started to clear it was a good time to be next to a sunflower field. THat is exactly where I was. So without going on and on here is my shot.
I will tell you another cool story about today. These 2 wonderful ladies asked me if I would be willing to take their photo. I said sure. I think I caught them off guard when I dropped to the ground and shot up on them. However at first I used their camera, and the shot was not all that great. I then used my rig and BOOM! We had a frame. I told the ladies how to find me and I would have their image on my site here. They must have liked it cause sure enough they bought some prints. YEP!!! Good day and another encounter with some wonderful people who was simply enjoying the kindness of some local WNY farmers.
This Print will be available for sale on my website along with some variations and different looks. Hope you enjoy.
Ok, two posts in one day... As stated Moving forward and we who survive must go on. So, as of late I simply have not felt like shooting. However the desire caught me by surprise and I reached out for some subjects on my facebook page. One subject I wanted was a hockey player, and what I received was a 9 year old rockstar. Ethan came into studio and I knew right away that he was gonna nail it. As he put on his gear, I set the lighting up to fit his frame, and as I suspected, it did not take him long to show me just who he was. I love seeing the reactions and the smiles when I show people the captures on camera. I also love it when the subject puts his game face on in front of the lens. All I can say, is I was a fan of this kid from the first shot. Ethan you rock buddy. Thank you for allowing me to capture the frames. I also want to thank Scott and Sara for making this all happen.
This will be the first post since we lost our son, and there has been a lot of thoughts that has run through our heads. I am pleased to see that the law enforcement as well as some of politicians are becoming more involved and in recent weeks there has been several arrests. I have refrained from contacting officials regarding the matter of my son, however there are several questions I would like answered. One mystery, is the fact that when all this started becoming obvious, there was an incident that took place in Monroe county. My son was stopped by the police and him and a friend had drugs on them. Yes they had purchased it from some scumbag in Rochester. The drugs were taken, however the police did not arrest them. WHY!! Not that this would have changed the outcome, but it could have. Wade also during this time was taken to a hospital in Rochester one night, and it was suspected then that he overdosed. We as parents tried to obtain details of this hospital visit, however because of privacy laws we were not allowed to receive any information.
We also tried to get him help with inpatient treatment, but we were told the situation was not severe enough to justify that action. The system is a joke, and some of the stuff I have seen regarding treatment is really flawed. As I stated earlier, these treatment facilities hand out suboxone like candy. All I can say regarding this, is WTF. Whoever came up with that idea, and those that supported it are in need of a reality check.
Since all this, and my original posting, I need to say I was overwhelmed with all the support and outreach, by friends, family, and yes, people we have never meet. The cards, letters, phone calls, social media outreach, and the prayers were inspirational. So many of you touched our hearts and we would not have made it through all this without the support. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone for your outreach. God Bless!
Some of you know that WGRZ contacted me and wanted me to do a interview. It was considered, but declined, as some of you know me and know that I would not hold back. In short my thoughts would not change anything. What I do know, is in less than 24 hours, almost seventeen thousand people read my post, and the awareness created by that was touching. As I stated, the outreach was incredible, and the suggestions to help raise awareness were amazing. It was recently suggested that I start a go fund me page to help raise funds to fight the epidemic as well as use my photography to support that cause. It is being considered. One of the options suggested was to show the ugly side of this but, I think anyone who has lost someone understands the aftermath. Does anyone remember the Smoking is very Glamorous posters that used to be all around? Not important, what is relevant however is the aftermath. Kids do not realize, what they leave behind. Families are heartbroken after something like this, and they have to go on. This addiction is a selfish son of a bitch, and once it gets hold of a person, you are no longer reasoning with your child, but a demon that has taken over your child. I also want to state that some people are calling this a disease. Seriously, it is not. Perhaps it can be argued that a mental condition could cause a person to inject this crap into ones self, but knowing this crap can kill you, well that is not a disease. My opinion, if you want to refer to it as a disease, well it is a self inflicted disease then, and you have to ask why would one do that. It takes you back to the previous, which would be a mental condition. The use of these drugs lead to disease, however once again they are self inflicted.
With that opinion out there, a respected friend suggested that perhaps I should reach out to addicts and recovering addicts and see if they would want to share their story to help raise awareness of just how bad this stuff is. I will leave it like this, If someone does want to talk about their problem and share their story I would be willing to film and photograph. I am not a filmmaker but I do have some skills and some friends that would be willing to produce the content.
Once again, thanks to everyone who offered their support during our loss. We were touched by these actions and it made me realize how wonderful our community really is.
Thank you all and God Bless.
The Sargent Family.
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