July Sunday of a 1995 visit to Savannah, on my walk to the
early service at Christ Church, I took a poignant photograph
of a homeless couple comforting each other as they occupied
a park bench in Wright Square. Their grooming and clothing
belied living in the streets. If ever an image conveyed the
sense of all conquering love, this was it.
later I revisited that scene to find her seated on the same
bench, but alone, for he had passed away. Her name was Julia,
and his, Frank. She was delighted to receive a copy of their
portrait, remembering him as her "English Count".
I could barely contain my emotions and was soon giving thanks
in the still quiet of Christ Church sanctuary.
events are rare in my photographic life. Catching people
unawares requires a light and respectful touch and I prefer
to pass without notice in my public quest for archetype,
humor and irony. The exception here was the need of a model
release for the annual Gordon Parks Photography Competition.
My usual good fortune fulfilled the promise of 500 road
miles from and to Atlanta, but honor for that picture would
have to wait.
1999 provided the occasion, when the Cathedral of St. Philip
hosted 'Artforms: A Premier Visual and Performing Arts Exhibition'.
Jurors were Gordon Anderson, Polly Hunt Neal and Alan Tiegreen.
My Savannah 1995 was a tiny part of it. St. Philip's draws
upon the vast resources of its more than 5000 parishioners
and we had to join.
March of 2000 I answered a plea in the Cathedral Times for
a photographer to document Saturday Habitat for Humanity