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  • “LET FREEDOM RING !!!”  [September 11]

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Several recent posts have reminded us that many of our friends are no longer here at JPG.

The truth is that the friendships we form at JPG are often very special.

In the last two years, I have personally met more than fifty (50) JPG members. That means a lot to me.

Recent meet-ups have included (clockwise, from upper left): Karin Burton (with me at The Cracker Barrel, in Manassas, Virginia), Steve Baker (with me in front of Trinity Church, Newport, Rhode Island), Mary Brown (Phoenix, Arizona), Dave and Patty Gross (Castine, Maine), Rob Wilson and Maria Mutch (North Kingston, Rhode Island), Jen Bellefleur (during her visit to Nashville), and Nancy and Roland Richard (Bristol, Rhode Island, with Warren Mangione in the background, whom I met in Sunapee, New Hampshire).

I am not giving up on JPG. It isn’t a perfect site, but what site is?

I am also hoping that all of our friends will eventually return to JPG. We’re waiting for them.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

47 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    Hear!! Hear!! It's just not the same anymore, but yet I still want to keep plugging at it because this is where my heart is.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (5 Sep 2011):


  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    Well said Richard! I'm with you!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    You have some wonderful memories of the many friends you have met, Richard.and what is important is that you still have those memories...It is my birthday today but my mother who has dementia no longer remembers who I am or that she ever gave birth to me. Thankfully she still remembers my older sister yet:) I agree with Donald...I think of JPG as a learning experience of the realities of life in pictures....and what would we do if we did not take pictures to preserve of our loved ones who are no longer in our lives?

  • lowison

    lowison said (5 Sep 2011):

    Like this Richard...... Me too met Deborah Down and Charles Rushton last year and now I' waiting for Sonia Adam Murray here in Padova
    I meet oft also Eliseo, Renato Paperini, Carlo Pagan and other italian jpg'er..
    Great way to appreciate directley talented people!

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    Lovely collage I have had no problems on this site so will keep on posting here.

  • Kaki J. Luitjens

    Kaki J. Luitjens said (5 Sep 2011):

    Awesome Dick. I have no plans for leaving and still post when I have the time. Good friends are hard to come by!

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    Beautiful message & collage...I miss the friends who are no longer on JPG, but I realize some of them are on other sites I can visit, and am thankful for the friends I still have here, and all their love & support! Thank you everyone! Thank you, Richard for this wonderful collage!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    Many of you have become family to me. I worry when they are away. I am a member of flickr and redbubble but it is not the same. I am staying in hopes that the others will return. A terrific tribute.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    A lovely collage of friends you have made through JPG, Richard! There is a certain intangible quality about JPG that spells friendship, and I think that's what keeps a lot of us here. I do hope that those who have left will reconsider, I miss them too.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    Awwww, what a sweet tribute!! This is a fun place to visit. We have many friends here, and family too!!! Love all the shots!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    Very well said, Richard. I have too many friends here to leave, although it has been a difficult decision for me. We need to stick together because "that's what friends are for."

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (5 Sep 2011):

    Havent been on for awhile Dick but am just checking in to let you know I'm still here !!Love Peggy and the boys.....

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    wonderful collage Richard. i haven't been active on jpg that long,but i am going to stick around for a while and ride out the storm.

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    GReat collage, Cuz. I am SO glad you added that one of us at Trinity - I looke dat mine when I got home and the guy had cut off my head on one, and one side of your torso in the other shot. And I'm staying..

  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    great collage of friends! this time i am here to stay! i left for a year, and i really missed my friends (though i kept up with some on another site). here's to hoping those away will come home soon!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (5 Sep 2011):

    Me too Richard....Hope they will come back to us. A lovely friendship collage. Love the song...perfect.

  • Esther K

    Esther K gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    Richard, this is a beautiful tribute to friendship and your friends. I am honoured to be in your circle of friends here on Jpg which I have just started to be active on again and already, I have contacts I can call friends. :) I almost met up with Paperini and Elyseo but wasn't able to, due to circumstances beyond my control. Next year perhaps. I have made some really good friends through photography and I hope you all can come down to Borneo one day!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    we are here to stay and come back! No doubt about it. Some will come back from hibernation.

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato said (5 Sep 2011):

    When I visit the site of Richard is always with great curiosity, his photos are always moments of real life and live with him and there is always someone close. It is not the photo itself that affects but what they represent and are always happy moments to share with others.

  • stuart s

    stuart s   said (6 Sep 2011):

    This is probably the third time since I joined that there has been an exodus of members. The first was when JPG was having financial difficulties in early 2009. The second was about a year ago I think when the "nudists" made their first appearance "en masse" it seemed. The third is recent and I think it derives its impetus for reasons similar to the second. I have stayed throughout like many members because JPG is is source of friendship, inspiration and remarkable artistry. I have not attended a "meet-up" yet but suspect I will in the near future. I have however, met several people who I can say are real friends and for that I am grateful. I am going to stay and will ignore the "background noise". I believe those that have left will return if they know the rest of us are here waiting their return. Cheers.

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (6 Sep 2011):

    You are SO very right, Dick..........When I first joined this site two years ago, I had no idea that so many of you would become "family". I know I speak for the others that attended our meet-up in Nashville say "Thank YOU", my friend for making THAT happen!! I have been absent more than I would like from JPG, there are so many of you that I only see on here......I promise to squeeze in more time, I've missed you all!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (6 Sep 2011):

    It has all been said and so well, I am staying, and hope our other friends will be back !

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (6 Sep 2011):

    Though I am involved with Redbubble, I am drawn back to jpg. You're right, Dick. No other site is so conducive to friendships. So, for whatever it's worth, I won't let the nudists chase me away!!! And those are the "bare" facts. LOL

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (6 Sep 2011):

    Thoughtful gesture posting this.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (6 Sep 2011):

    You are absolutely right, Dick! The friendships that we have formed on this site are very special, indeed. I am still here and I have no plans to leave. A very fine collage, by the way...

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (6 Sep 2011):

    I fully agree with my friend Winky Vivas.. word by word....No chance to leave such nice friends!!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (6 Sep 2011):

    I have been on JPG for three years and I treasure the friends that I have made on the site. A lot of people did leave when we had a big controversy and I see a few drifting back now. I left for a while myself and came back, I missed my friends here tremendously!!!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (7 Sep 2011):

    You are the social glue, Sir R! This is a great round-up--and great thoughts behind it.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (7 Sep 2011):

    I could not agree more on the Black Knights words...I would love to attend just one meet-up...stellar shots of such great people...

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (7 Sep 2011):

    Well said Dick!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (7 Sep 2011):

    Very impressive, dear Richard. One day we'll meet, too, and I'm so looking forward to that:) Despite its faults, JPG is the best photography site. It remains the easiest to navigate and the best place to develop photography skills within a strong community of our choice. Also a wonderful place to make dear friends. I miss the friends who chose to leave, but remain hopeful they'll return. Meanwhile, I keep in touch with them via FB and RB.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (9 Sep 2011):

    JPG is definitely "home". It is " where the heart is." What home is ever perfect? The perfection is in the people who reside there that makes me stay. I love you guys. A very nice collage and essay, Dick.

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (9 Sep 2011):

    Glad to see you having a good time with JPG friends, Dick!

  • John Linton

    John Linton said (10 Sep 2011):

    I spend most of my internet time on either Flickr or JPG...I too have survived JPG's near death experience in January of 2009...I didn't leave then and will not now...I do miss contacts that have left (some of which are now on Flickr or RedBubble)...But the new ones I make every day helps with the loss...Cheers to those who have decided to stay...

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (10 Sep 2011):


  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (10 Sep 2011):

    Bunch of great friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski (Deleted) gave props (11 Sep 2011):

    Nice picture, well done Rich

  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (16 Sep 2011):

    Hope you have many more meet-ups!!!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (16 Sep 2011):

    Great composition!!!

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (18 Sep 2011):


  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (19 Sep 2011):

    Man, you sure get around!

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner said (20 Sep 2011):

    I agree with you my friend.
    This site may not be perfect but in my opinion it's by far the best photo sharing site out there.
    It's the wonderful people that make JPG what it is and I'll be here until they turn out the lights and lock the door.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (20 Sep 2011):

    Lovely group of photos.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (20 Sep 2011):

    Smiles all round, great collage of our dear Friends ☺.

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (28 Sep 2011):

    Sweet! I love the meet-ups!

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