This summer I was approached with a unique request. I was asked to take photographs of ashes being scattered at the beach. The ashes belonged to a young teen by the name of Anthony McColl.
I was honored to be a part of this, especially after hearing Anthony’s story and of the promise named after him.
You see Anthony was killed in an automobile accident by a drunk driver. From what I have been told, he was the designated driver for his group of friends, and while driving them home another driver who was intoxicated struck their car head-on. Everyone survived except for Anthony.
Since then, Anthony’s family and friends have promoted what is called Tony’s Promise, which you can find on Facebook(http://www.facebook.com/#!/tonyspromise?sk=photos is the open page, here is the requested one: http://www.facebook.com/groups/tonyspromise/#!/groups/tonyspromise/). It is a promise that you will not drive drunk or under the influence of drugs in memory of Anthony and those like him. If you have ever lost a loved one because of driving under the influence, I’m sure you understand a little bit about the pain Anthony’s family and friends go through everyday without him.
We went to the shore at sunrise, we prepared the ashes, took a couple of test shots with sand and then proceeded to shoot what was to be one of the best photo experiences of my career. It was a perfect day – literally. Anthony would’ve loved it.
Below are a few of the shots we took, I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them, and I hope you do as I did and join Tony’s Promise to promote responsible drinking and responsible driving for the future.
Thanks again McColl Family for letting me be a part of this great cause.