An end toward the beginning

Libya Rebellion - Hondros

One of the last photos taken by Chris Hondros, who was killed just days later in fighitng in Lybia. (photo from Getty Images, featured in USAToday)

As we approach the end of the year, it is hard not to look back and shake your head at the sheer magnitude of what happened around the world. It was an incredibly eventful year, with things good and bad, one sometimes emerging from the other.

As always, photography was there to capture the essence of what was happening. Photographs can be so powerful and compelling, and in ways I think are very uncommon in other visual forms, especially video. One image spawns the entire story in your brain, and you unconsciously put yourself in that sliver of time. I was scanning USA Today’s Year in Pictures, some of which are just awesome, and noticed a photo by Chris Hondros that was taken a few days before he was killed in Libya in a crossfire between the rebels and government troops.

The world is a little poorer without Chris. He was a great photographer, and a friend of one of my best friends. I can’t say I met him, but the storytelling in his images gives me insight, as did the outpouring of grief at his death. A tribute written by one of his good friends was very powerful, and reminded me a bit of a piece I wrote a few years ago when I lost a friend suddenly.

In any case, there are always beginnings following endings, so my hope is that as 2012 draws to a close, the images we’re remembering will be ones of hope, renewal, prosperity and peace.

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