Friday, December 30, 2011

Followup- Ian

Ian was a precocious 10 year old in 2001. Today he's 6'-3" and 200 pounds trying to land a spot on the Reinhardt University varsity basketball team. I played one on one with Ian every time we went to visit his family in Atlanta. I'd like to think that our competitive games in the driveway fueled his desire to get better at the game. I wasn't shy about blocking his shots when he was two feet shorter than me....and he's not shy about blocking mine now. It's what I get. This year I didn't get a chance to play against him, but we did find some time to get a quick follow up image. What is amazing about this image is that I didn't tell him what I was doing and to show up with a basketball jersey. Instead, he showed up with a jacket that suggests his tastes haven't changed much in 10 years.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Card 2011! Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

It seems that the "Occupy" movement was the theme for many cards that went out this year. Our card this year went along with that theme as well. Gillian contributed the funky Santa and his sleigh and I pulled an image out from last years Christmas snow storm. From conception to mailing took all of 4 days, so it was a mad dash this year to get the cards out before Christmas. My mother-in-law pointed out that we had in fact misspelled Christmas on one of the sign... of course. Oh well... corrected on some....not all. Here is hoping that all of you have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year! Be safe.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Nicki - Followup

At 16 years old, Nicki has been a faithful companion for me ever since we moved into the studio on St. Mary's street. Her name Lady Nicola of St. Mary's was her official AKC title. Sadly, Nicki will be moving on tomorrow as her body finally gave out this week. Believe it or not, only two weeks ago she was still chasing a tennis ball and frisbee. Not with the vigor of two years ago, but still excited enough to bark in anticipation when I bounced the ball. I wanted to include her in my followup series, and although she doesn't look well (she wasn't) she stood long enough to get an image out by her favorite fire hydrant. This is another of the series that due to the setting really emphasizes the change in Nicki's appearance in the two years since the first picture was taken. Obviously she will be missed. I imagine over the next few weeks, I will still be cautious about where I stand up, as she was always at my feet. Maybe tomorrow morning she will get that piece of chocolate that she has always wanted.