She wasn't really into pink herself, my good friend Sarah; she favored more muted earth tones -- they went better with her light brown hair and fair complexion that tanned to a warm glow by August.
But when we lost her to metastatic breast cancer in June, the color pink once more emerged as our symbol of frustration and hope, anger and determination -- as it does with too many others who have suffered the devastating loss of a loved one to this wretched disease.
I mentioned my loss to RAW regular Kate Passaro when she emailed in July, perhaps noticing that I hadn't been quite as active on RAW this summer. She had a kind suggestion: "Maybe we could do a 'pink' theme for October for awareness?"
Great idea, Kate. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the small pink ribbons that adorn lapels and blouses will be out in force.
We've never had a single color as a contest theme, so let's give it a try.
Your photos do NOT have to have anything to do with breast cancer awareness; they simply have to include the color pink in an effective way: Significant or subtle, central focus or interesting highlight.
Oh, and photos of Pink don't count.
We're all aware of the Photoshop vs. no Photoshop debate here and on other photo sites; let's tilt toward the non-Photoshop crowd just a bit this month and say that you cannot add the color pink to your photo if it was not present in the subject or scene you shot. If it was present, and you want to convert the rest of your photo to black and white to enhance it, that's fine. But it has to have been there originally.
Since this is a bit of a challenging theme, we won't require you to take the photo this month. But we will try that rule again soon.
This month's 4 Flickr tags are: Boston.com, contest, October2009, pink.
Remember, just one photo entry per person. Here are the rest of the rules; please read them in detail, especially the rules about your settings in Flickr.
And to all of you who have been affected by breast cancer in some way, be encouraged by the knowledge that mortality rates have decreased every year since 1990. The progress may come too late for many of our loved ones, but it could save our daughters, our nieces, our friends. We can hope.
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