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Archive for May 26th, 2011

I love to make images of people who say, “I hate my picture taken. The results never look like me!” Maybe because I am one of those people. So I have tried to approach portrait-making from a slightly different angle these days. There is not a week that goes by that I do not think of my late photographic mentor, Monte Zucker. His timeless lighting and posing techniques are the holy grail of his students.

I have tried to take that appreciation for the light and look for the light emanating from people in love – to approach the portal of sentiment that made partners partners. This is a manifesto of the “Beloved” movement.

So I was grateful when Murry and Emma agreed to sit with me to explore their relationship. Murray was pumped; Emma was apprehensive. “I hate my picture taken,” she said on cue. (Usually it is the man who would rather be doing something else than making images).

Undaunted, I proceeded to invite them to explore the timeless nature of their love. I am glad we did. But I must admit that I got so wrapped up in the story, that I forgot that I had a camera with me, and more importantly that I was supposed to be using it!

Murray and Emma

After telling Murray where he and Emma could review the images, I arrived home to find this email:

“Bill, I don’t know what to say. All the words I can think of seem trite. They are beautiful. I think that 4,11,14,15 are particularly effective. The fragment of Emma’s full smile and twinkling eye in 14 are heart-stopping. In 15 you have captured the image that has lived in my heart for the last thirty years and more.

I’m tearing up so I have to stop and send this.

By the way, “Beloved” is something we often call each other, even if somewhat tongue-in-cheek when we are exasperated.”

"My 30+ Year Dream"

I love it!

My heart-felt thanks to Jesh De Rox and members of the Beloved Collective for sharing the pathways to the Portal.

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