As a photographer, you sometimes are fortunate enough to connect with the right people. In the case of this post, I met two of the most loving and sincere young men that I’ve ever encountered. It’s one thing to have two individuals unfamiliar with each other pretend to like each other. Or it might be just the physical attraction that guides the interactions. But when you see true concern and care between two people it definitely rings true in the images. These boys are genuine!
Of course, they both work in an arts-oriented field that demands both physical and emotional expression. But this has only enhanced their visual articulation. Being a challenging field, it tends to also keep its members in closely knit groups throughout life. It then makes these human bonds even stronger. I guess it’s a subtle set of circumstances that became evident to me as I worked with these two. It was quite charming.
Fortunately before the pandemic, I was able to schedule several sessions with them. Each episode producing an amazing collection of captures. One of them even worked tirelessly on location in abandonments in Buffalo and the forests of Oregon. His grace through expressive physicality was phenomenal. (His images can be viewed in the blog posting from May 6th.) Due to COVID, it has scattered these two apart – back to their families. The Arts – a suffering collective of individuals awaiting their return to the public eye, anxious to show their talents. I’m hoping one day to be able to work with them again.