My portraits in progress series is evolving rather organically, especially in the presence of Robert Yearwood who was my first subject (see here). In a heartbeat, Bob will now say, “Cynthia, where’s your camera? This is a great photo!” I usually agree. Recently while at Trinity Church I was in his presence and that of Roberto Paredes. I asked Roberto if I might photograph him. Bob readily agreed for them both.
We stepped outside and I took this photo. Later, as I downloaded it, a part of my brain still reeled from this week’s hate-speech gone viral on the internet and that being espoused on stage at the Republican Convention. As I looked at these two gentlemen, all I could think was, here are two examples of what makes America great right now.
They are kindness and compassion embodied. Originally from Lima, Peru, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Roberto for about seven years since he started working at Trinity. Like Bob he never hesitates to greet you or to make one feel welcome in his presence. He gives aid unasked and for that I am thankful. He’s taken many a heavy box from my hand even when I should have known better than to pick it up.
“He’s the best,” Bob said. “He’s a true friend. You got that, Cynthia? Did you get it down on paper?”
Yes, sir, I did. 🙂
Previous portraits in progress