Age Quod Agis

Monday thoughts.

The headline isn’t a typo. It’s Latin. I’m pretty sure that only one of you who comments regularly knows what it means.

No worries. I’ll tell you.

“Do what you are doing.”

That sort of falls in nicely with the discussions of the last few days. I read it in a New York Times piece about California Governor Jerry Brown. I first photographed him during his first pass as governor. He was approachable, smart and disciplined. That seems like 150 years ago.

It was during those years that the nickname, “Governor Moonbeam” was hung on him. Do you know what earned him that silly name? He was talking about the future when signals could be bounced off satellites and they could be used to communicate.

Can you say cell phones?

As in many things, he was ahead of his time.

He rebuilt his political career after his failed run for president. He was elected governor again after serving in various other political posts. This time around, he lifted California out of debt and well into profitability. He learned from his mistakes.

Today is his last day as governor. He is 80 years old. He retires today to his family home on a pretty isolated piece of land in Northern California. Somehow, I don’t think we’ve heard the last of him. At least, I hope not.

I didn’t intend this to be about Jerry Brown. It just started that way. When he was a young man, he was in the seminary. He was going to be a priest. The Latin saying is a Jesuit saying. I was taught by Jesuits at Loyola/New Orleans. That was during a masters program. Those kinds of beliefs are embossed in my brain.

Reading that article did bring a lot of memories flooding back. Memories about my teenage years. Memories about my early career years. Memories about my many moves throughout the world and country.

This is added to by a man whose dad just passed. He and sister have two pictures that I made when I worked at the newspapers in Winston-Salem North Carolina. In early 1981. He sent me an email. At first, he was wondering of the name on the picture was me. When I confirmed that, he asked what I knew about the pictures.

That’s a long time ago.

I don’t even remember taking them. One of them is pretty good. I’ll dig through my archives. Unfortunately, they look like they were made for our social pages. It’s likely that I never scooped up those negatives when I left the paper. When you are a staff member of a newspaper, magazine or wire service, your work belongs to them. Most bosses turn a blind eye to a staffer removing negatives as long as you left something behind. Those are the kinds of negatives I wouldn’t taken.

I hope not. I’d like to help this guy out. I’m happy to scan some negatives and make him some prints if I can.

Oh, that learning thing? It seems that I’m mostly trying to learn about myself. All recent signs point to that.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

21 thoughts on “Age Quod Agis

  1. I used to march in the church aisles to Latin verb declensions- hic hac hoc huius huius huius huic huic – I’m sure these are misspelled.
    I haven’t recited those in 35 years – never thought about it till I read your post.
    Love your photo – that blue sky ❤️

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    1. Oh gee. I was an altar boy. Instead of mea culpa, mea culpa… we said, “Me a cowboy, me a cowboy, me a Mexican cowboy.” Thank you. That was trying to push my new super smartphone camera.


      1. I have put my good camera away for the smartphone. I got to hear Jim Richardson speak a couple years ago. Some of his Nat Geo spreads were all smartphone. Crazy huh?
        I totally pegged you for an altar boy. I played the organ in church, so I sneaked peels at all the happenings in the sacristy …


      2. Not really crazy. Working photographers buy and use the gear that we need. Given the size of the magazine, a good smart should be fine. It also tells me that NatGeoSoc has given up on stock sales. A few years before Jim did it, NYT’s Tyler Hicks shot an amazing piece in Iraq. He said, using a phone helped him to blend in with the soldiers who were used to phones. We switched to Samsun Note 9’s. They use 12 mp

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  2. I hope Jerry Brown doesn’t just retire and disappear into the sunset, although after so many decades of public service he deserves to if that’s what he wants. He’s a contemplative leader and his character reflected the deeper, quieter qualities that don’t seem to pop up in politics too often. I will always think back to the 70’s when we was much younger and Linda Ronstadt would be on his arm. I was young enough to think that was just too cool! 🙂

    I think your photo is just incredibly beautiful, Ray.

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