George Eastman Once Said…

George Eastman was born on July 12, 1854 and died on March 14, 1932 from a self-inflicted gunshot through the heart. I’m not trying to condone suicide but I believe that George took his life after losing his mother with a similar ailment and couldn’t beat the thought of going through the same. The last couple years of his life he had been dealing with a degenerative spinal condition that was excruciatingly painful and I think the pain finally got to him in the end. He left a note stating, “To my friends: my work is done. Why wait?” George was an American entrepreneur who founded the Eastman Kodak Company.

Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography. – George Eastman

George definitely knew what he was talking about in regards to photography and stating lighting makes photography which is the truest statement. If you figure out how to control the lighting in what you want to show and play with the light it can be very magical. Lighting is the most important key to photography.

The rich man never really gives anything, he only distributes part of the surplus. It is the person of moderate means who really gives. – George Eastman

I find this to be an interesting observation or interpretation by George Eastman of people who have wealth. Perhaps he seen himself as not giving people money for things but distributing the means and the people he gave the money to as the ones that do the work. As an avid book reader, movie and tv watcher people of wealth have been portrayed as the people who are generous and give money for scholarships, wings of hospitals, parks, museums, scholarships and more and it’s the others that receive it that have more work to do. I’m not saying that people who are wealthy don’t work or don’t know what it is to work or that they don’t give. I think that the people on the receiving end learn from the gift of the means and usually those people are very giving. So in a sense people with money choose who they want to pay it forward to and try to pick those that will do much of the same. I believe it paying it forward, if you do something nice for someone that person may turn and do something nice for the next and next.

However there’s the darker side of things as well with doing harm onto others. They say to do unto others as you would want done to you. What goes around comes around and if you are mean to someone it’ll come back to you. Karma is real and if you’re a sick son of a bitch individual, you will taste that bitterness two-fold.