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Michael has been a friend for over 60 years, actually. We grew up together in North Carolina, lost touch for many years, and have just reconnected in the past few months. We’ve taken very different life paths, and yet we’ve picked up our friendship, in some ways, just where we left off as 12 year old boys.
We recently got together in Maine. These pictures were taken at Michael’s house, just with window light.
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There’s an old saying in photography – a good photograph is like a good joke – it doesn’t need explaining. So, I won’t explain this black and white image, but I would like to explain how I responded to it. At first, I was ready to crop in on both sides quite a bit. But when I noticed the bright window on the left and the dark room fading away on the right, I decided to keep these elements in. Michael has had some very dark times in his life – we all have. But he’s experienced a lot of joy as well. And I believe that, even in those dark places, there is a bit of light that is going to shine through, somehow and sometime. And indeed we see light coming into that dark room down the hall.
To be sure, when the shutter clicked, I was certainly not thinking about any of this. But I’m finding in my portrait work that serendipitous things happen. Who knows why?
Michael looks serious and contemplative in these pictures. But rest assured he has a great sense of humor, a terrific laugh and an infectious smile. We’ll try to capture that side of him next time. Thanks for being my friend, good buddy.
Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
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