My friend Roger died this morning. I’ll remember him as first a photographer who became a priest, but mostly as my friend. He was a friend who encouraged me to just go out and make B&W images. He wasn’t really interested in what camera I used. My latest and best camera wasn’t important to him. The only thing he encouraged me to do was to just go photograph what I saw … but make sure it was in B&W. He was the only person at Homewood who encouraged me to make monochrome images.
An hour after I learned of his death, I took my smallest, oldest, pocket camera and made these images in B&W as I thought about the many talks we had about politics, life, and photography over a beer. I will miss those talks.
As Roger encouraged me to make pictures, I encouraged him to write, and helped him set up a blog. You can read about the outgrowth of many of our talks on his blog … A View From an Open Rectory Window, by clicking here. You might want to bookmark his site as there are many, many hours of reading on it.