An “Old Friend…”
I have been a Rick Springfield fan since I was 9 years old when I would have to rush home after school because my older brother & sister didn’t want to ever miss an episode of General Hospital. That is where I first saw him. I may have only been 9 but I knew I liked him…I liked him A LOT. I went to my first rock concert – yep, it was Rick – when I was 10. There is not much else to say other than that experience changed everything. He was my constant companion from that moment on all the way through high school when it seemed like he just dropped off the face of the planet.
Things happen. Time goes on. People grow. I never forgot my friend Rick but I just didn’t get to see him anymore until much later after I was married and I got to see him perform at a State Fair in 2000. What a fun night of nostalgia that was for me but it never fully came back until 2008 after my husband died. That kind of experience will make just about anyone feel lost and I was about as lost as one could be – sad, too. My sister took me to a show to help lift my spirits and for the first time since that dark moment of my life, I experienced some light. A friend from my past had returned and even if for those quick 90 minutes he was on stage, I was 10 again. And that was enough. But I wanted to preserve that feeling. So I bought a camera that year.
Check out the videos below. They show off some of my favorite images that I have taken of Rick over the years. I have included some Rick Galleries at the bottom of this page. To view ALL of my Rick Pix, check out my SmugMug Gallery. Just click the button on the right.
Picture taking is something I have always done. I have been involved in photography in one way or another pretty much since the day I was born – whether it be as the subject, the picture taker or the person who develops & prints the film. But I have never pursued it professionally. The photos I take are usually for my enjoyment only. And that is the case when it comes to photographing Rick Springfield. What I see through the view finder of my camera at his concerts is completely different than the view should I experience the concert without a camera. It is like a private show just for me. The fan-girl in me likes to think it is! These pictures help me relive those 90 minutes of bliss whenever I am feeling down. I have learned, though, that I can’t keep these photos to myself.