A close friend of mine passed away yesterday. The unexpected and sudden nature of his passing has left me feeling quite unprepared to accept that he's no longer with us.
I don't have much in the way of details and nobody even knows yet what caused his death. He was at work at our station. He told people he wasn't feeling well and left to go home.
His body was found later in his car in the parking structure.
I'll say it for you, "DAMN!"
James was one of the guys I hung out with to take pictures. Our group (we're still not a club) has met and continues to meet irregularly (but often) simply to indulge our hobby.
He was one of the few people crazy enough to hang out with me day or night in the sunshine or even in the rain just to take pictures.
Many people might think it was a little insane to be in the places we frequented in the hours we we there. It was always a conscious effort to capture and share photos that were outside of our "comfort zone".
He was a spiritual brother in photography and all around just a great friend.
James Kang lived a life of kindness and friendship.
He set the best example of anyone I've known of how a friend should behave.
I wish more people were inclined to follow that example.
James leaves behind a lot of tearful friends.
Knowing how much he loved taking pictures, I truly believe we'll soon see our first photographs of heaven. They'll be black and white and will have been shot on film.
Understandably, it might take a while for him to post them on Flickr.