New Year’s Day

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New Year’s Day is a natural time for reflection and the setting of goals. It was also the birthday of my grandmother, Dorothy Daly Bartholomew. She was a New Year’s baby of 1908. I took this photo of her with my old Canon film camera in 1997,  just a few months before she died.

My grandmother was a talented and accomplished artist.  She recognized my passion for art and photography when I was a child. When I was nine years old, my mother bought an enlarger and film-developing supplies at a yard sale. My grandmother helped me convert her bathroom into a makeshift darkroom so I could develop the film from a pinhole camera* I’d made. It was one of the most exciting days of my life.

My grandmother understood my need for creativity—for art. I can’t recall if I ever thanked her for that. I hope I did. I was thankful then, and I’m thankful now.

* You can see kind of what I built in this article.

Dorothy Daly Bartholomew

Dorothy Daly Bartholomew and her cat, Stephanie, in 1997