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Chris Crawford I am pleased to announced a long time member has agreed to help and mentor others in photographic technique. As he has long done so, perhaps this forum is a bit overdue. Christopher Crawford has been a professional artist and photographer for 20 years, most of that time spent documenting life in northern Indiana with his photographs and the stories that he writes to accompany them. In addition, Chris also creates tutorials where he teaches photography techniques, film processing, digital editing, film scanning, and printing. Ask Chris your technical questions, or to critique your photos. You can see more of his tutorials at http://crawfordphotoschool.com

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Old 07-27-2018   #41
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Fantastic story! The good of the Internet and RFF at work ...
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Old 07-27-2018   #42
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Way to go Chris! You did a wonderful job as a parent and your son is a good kid. Congratulations!
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Old 07-27-2018   #43
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Uplifting story. Congratulations to Mack for his talent and to you for enabling it.
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Old 07-27-2018   #44
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Great story of success, Chris ! You as father did a good job with your son. And Mack took some art gene from you! Nice to know, the world needs people like you both.
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Old 07-27-2018   #45
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wonderful story, made my day, thank you Chris, best luck and happiness to you and Mack.
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Old 07-27-2018   #46
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Admit it, Chris, this is almost* pure boasting about your son. And rightly so! Achievements like this deserve publicity.

*Only "almost" because the story about the RFF whip-round is also wonderful news that deserves publicity too.

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Old 07-27-2018   #47
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Per aspera ad astra...wish both of you the best of luck!
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Old 07-27-2018   #48
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Admit it, Chris, this is almost* pure boasting about your son. And rightly so! Achievements like this deserve publicity.

*Only "almost" because the story about the RFF whip-round is also wonderful news that deserves publicity too.

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Of course it is, Roger

It is more than that, though. It is a big THANK YOU to RFF and the people here whose kindness ten years ago made this possible. Mack fell in love with that laptop and by the time he was in middle school he and some of his friends were teaching themselves simple programming languages like BASIC.

I am super proud of his accomplishments. I gave up a lot by moving back to Fort Wayne from Santa Fe, where I had made good money doing commercial work and graphic design. We've struggled here because its hard to make a living in Indiana, but it was worth it.

I need to do a new portrait of him to post here. He hates having his picture taken, but my mother has been bugging us for one, so that'll give me a good excuse A lot of you have watched him grow up in the photos I have posted over the years. I can't believe it has been nearly a decade! The time has flown by so fast.

Thank you, again.
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Old 07-27-2018   #49
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Congrats to both Mack and Chris! The money just opened up an opportunity and you both have made it work.
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Old 07-27-2018   #50
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Yes, great to hear about this Chris. Having children go through challenges and succeed in the end is especially beneficial for them and for you.
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Old 07-27-2018   #51
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Absolutely, 100% awesome. But Purdue (soon-to-be) grad working with that evil school in Ann Arbor ... hmm, doesn't seem quite right. Seriously, sounds like something like NASA is in his future, which is to say he must be a really smart dude.
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Old 07-27-2018   #52
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Chris,
This is an outstanding follow up. The best of luck to Mack. It is really great to read this.

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Old 07-27-2018   #53
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You raised a fine lad, there, Chris. Best wishes to both you and him.
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Old 07-27-2018   #54
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It was a privilege to learn of this inspirational, happy story.

Right now it is so helpful to hear a positive, happy tale.

Kudos to you, Mack, Back Alley, FrankS and those on RFF who helped.
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Old 07-27-2018   #55
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So great when the good guys win every so often. You are both fortunate to have each other.



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Old 07-27-2018   #56
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Awesome story Chris!
So glad to read that Mack found something he loved and has been able to pursue it the way he has.
Congrats to you both.
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Old 07-27-2018   #57
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This is wonderful.
Well done to him, and well done to all those who put some money forward years ago.
Kindness, it changes the world.
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Old 07-27-2018   #58
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It was great to read this, Chris. Congratulations to both of you. Looks like he's on a great trajectory, thanks to a supportive father and RFF community, talent, and lots of hard work. A great example.
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Old 07-27-2018   #59
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Congratulations to both of you - a great father and a talented son - thank you for sharing this Chris
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Old 07-27-2018   #61
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This is great to hear—what a cool kid. Thanks, CC!
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Old 07-27-2018   #62
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Ow. Just wow. I think I read your post a half dozen times. I'm amazed at the community here. I am thrilled to hear how the difficult times have become a success story. This has truly made my day.
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Old 07-27-2018   #63
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That is stellar! (pun totally intended). Psyched for the both of you!
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Great. Inspirational. If my wife and I make half as good a job as you did alone...
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Old 07-27-2018   #65
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That's great, Chris - your are entitled to be proud. And that looks like fantastic work by Mack!
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Feel good stories always feel good Chris

Dear Chris,

Congratulations to both you and Mack.

I mostly read here, and haven't been participating for very long, but I'd also like to offer congratulations to the members of this message board who opened up years ago.

All to often our attention is occupied by the bad things on the internet. This story should be required reading for all internet denizens for no other reason than to show it is capable of good.

Take care and keep us updated.

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Old 07-27-2018   #67
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Absolutely fantastic story and a serious congratulations to him for his achievement.
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That's an amazing story...and he truly is an artist...must get that from his Pops...
Thanks for sharing with our Community...
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Old 07-27-2018   #69
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Wow! This is wonderful. Congrats to you both.
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Old 07-27-2018   #70
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Awesome, those images are so cool. And to get to work with NASA! Best of luck to both of you for the future.
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What an uplifting account!

Chris, since I joined RFF I have followed you and Mack through your posts. I could see a loving, dedicated father and a deserving son, but I never knew the backstory. (I've also been grateful to you for the amazing efforts you have put into sharing your knowledge of photography with this community and with other aspiring photographers. You are truly a kind, giving person.)

A great pat on the back (and a little bit more!) to the RFF community that rallied round Mack for that Christmas ten years ago!

To Chris, I'm moved by what I have seen of you as a father - your love and sacrifices for your son - and it is so encouraging to see him doing so well. Be proud, indeed!

To Mack, I'm really impressed with what you are doing - your accomplishments as a student and as an artist. It all bodes well for a very promising future and I look forward to future accounts of your growth and success!

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I came here to RFF in 2005 about the time you were going to collect your son Mack.
So much has transpired since then but you and your son's stories inspire on so many
levels. I'm so happy to have been a small part of it. Continued success to both of you.
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Chris, your story has made this wonderful day for me.
Boy did I need to hear some good news, and you told it.

Best wishes to you and that very cool son of yours !!
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Congratulations on your son's many successes. You can be very proud of him for sure.
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Old 07-29-2018   #76
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There is a great story coming from Fort Wayne, Indiana today.
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Congratulations to you both.

To your son for his outstanding achievements and success, and to you for the love, nurturing and stability you provided during those difficult times.

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Wonderful story. You must be really proud of him!

FYI, NASA has some good intern programs for college students, both for engineers and non-engineers. Might be something to look into if he is interested in that type of career.
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