Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira’s powerful recycled wood art installations snake through their exhibition spaces like massive living trees that burst out of walls and through ceilings. Oliveira scours the streets of Sao Paulo to gather plywood, which he then separates into layers and combines to create his massive “tridimensionals” sculptures. The stunning mixed media pieces are a combination of sculpture, painting and architecture.
This was the first family photo I ever shot. I was in college and they were my families friends. The mother posted this to my Facebook this morning and told me “thank you”. The young man in the black suit is Emery. A year after I took this photo he was walking down the street in Afton, Wyoming and he was hit and killed by a drunk driver on this day about 20 years ago.
This weekend at the wedding I was joking with some friends about how men don’t cry. I broke down this morning when this was sent to me.
For last year I have hated looking at old photos because they are painful to me. This photo made me realize that I gave this family something that is so important to them. A photograph is more than just ink on paper. It’s memories and reminders of the ones we love. Now every time I take a photo of a person, somewhere in the back of my mind I am going to think.. “Make it special. Make them feel special. It might be the photo that hangs on their wall for the rest of their lives.”
I will never forget you Emery! I miss you my friend. Thank you for the memories.