Last year on November 15th, I had the good fortune to stumble on Klem's 365 blog. He's a remarkable photographer... and does many clever things behind and in front of his camera. But this day, his posting was about something entirely different, but still a matter of importance to him... He spoke of cruelties surrounding today's "modern" animal systems...
It was an earnest post... followed by an equally sincere one the next day - about caged hens. After this was a week of photos of him preparing and enjoying veggie meals. He only intended this vegetarian experiment to last 7 days... But today he marks his official 6 month celebration!
During these months I've enjoyed keeping up with his antics, his juggling, his travels, his work, and his work with student photographers... I've been privileged to share through his blog, his accomplishments large and lesser; some somber moods and some zany pranks. Always with a positive attitude and a zest for adventure. Yet, Klem is also a deep thinker and seeks a fairness that others turn a blind eye to.
It takes courage to publicly announce your opinions on unpleasant, but widely accepted practices. Klem did such. And on occasion he faced ridicule... probably many more times than what could be read on his blog. Nonetheless, he has risen above petty insecurities others are too small to face. He is a hero to me because he stands on his own judgments - and because his judgements are rational... and compassionate.
Happy 6 healthy months Klem! It is an honor to know you - and call you friend.