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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

Monroe Chase

The Singing Man

 

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I first met Monroe Chase at Trinity Church as well. Robert Yearwood, the subject of my first portraits in progress, may even have introduced us but most likely Monroe introduced himself with his hand outstretched.  Active in different ways with organizations like the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and Trinity’s Education for Excellence Program, Monroe’s generosity, good nature and thoughtful insights are always an inspiration to me.

Monroe Chase

Previous portrait: Robert Yearwood

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One of my mid-year photographic challenges is to photograph more people. Perhaps a post each Sunday? We’ll see … I begin with Robert Yearwood. At some point I may pair stories/brief interviews with these images. Given that Mr. Yearwood has been in this world since 1938, he has a lot of stories to tell. I first met him at Trinity Church.  I’ve learned a lot from him about patience, letting things go, and especially an idea that I have rephrased a bit — that all who enter a place, regardless of age, race, gender, or creed, the clothes upon their backs or the lack thereof, all shall be equally greeted. Whenever I want to be … not nice to someone … I try to remember that idea. 🙂

Robert Yearwood

Robert Yearwood

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The sun was setting producing that wonderful bright low light that spills into the living room through my rippled window. I sat across the room peering through that window.  I happened to have my camera set to black and white. As I contemplated whether or not there was something to photograph as the light faded away, I noticed how that light outlined and framed the nearby floor lamp. That is the origin of this picture.

And if you’re not familiar with my rippled window reference, you can view some of the images I’ve taken via this link. Enjoy.

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Richard Feynman talks about the beauty of a flower. Neil deGrasse Tyson describes looking up into the night sky and feeling connected to the universe. While Munari’s books about the sun and the trees bring me joy, the words of Feynman and Tyson in the following short videos, about 3-5 minutes each, reinforce my desire to indulge in exploring the mysteries of this life and to be open to the possibilities. I hope you have a chance to view them.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9D05ej8u-gU

Richard Feynman on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cRmbwczTC6E

Have a good day, folks.

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