On May 14, 2017 at the magnificent UCC Church in Norfolk, Ct, family and friends gathered to honor and celebrate the life of Tom Bates. Tom passed away in December of Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 69. Leading the celebration were members of The Paul Winter Consort (also longtime friends) who performed several musical pieces. Tom engineered and co-produced several Consort albums, including three that won Grammys. It was my privilege to photograph this celebration. The love, admiration and appreciation of Tom was so present. It was clear that he blessed this world with his immense talent, genius, love of family and love of life. Here I present images of this beautiful time.
These images include: Paul Winter on soprano sax, Eugene Friesen on cello, Elizabeth Allyn on piano and organ, Andrew Thomson on uilleann pipes and percussion, Eliot Wadopian on bass, Rhonda Larson on flute, Corey Bush on guitar, Brian Keane on guitar, and Les Kahn recorded the concert. Also present are Tom’s widow Nel, his son Kevin, and his sister Lee.
Welcome to my annual self-indulgent blog of my favorite photos from the year 2016. This includes about 100 images of my favorite moments. I make this blog post for my own enjoyment, but feel free to pour yourself a cup of whatever you like and sit back and enjoy the ride. It has been a wonderful year. I met many many amazing and beautiful people who have enriched my life. I still love the excitement and anticipation of arriving at a location with no expectations, waiting for the magic that suddenly happens and capturing it with this incredible little digital box to make an image. I would like to thank all those who have invited me into their lives this year to spend time creating memories together.
On a personal level, it has been quite a year for introspection. I turned 60 years old. Could that really be? On most days I still feel 40, except when I am doing planks. I can’t believe that my mother died 30 years ago. Wow, where does the time go? I celebrated my 38th year in recovery, a blessing I am eternally grateful for. An unmerited gift. Everything I have I owe to my recovery. I have goals to get in the best shape of my life this year with swimming and triathlons. I plan on enjoying photography even more by exploring new venues and sports. I want to have a stronger voice this year, as there were times when I lost my voice at important times in the past year.
Thanks for visiting! May you be blessed with the best of health and happiness in 2017!
….had a great time doing a quick shoot with Kelsey, Cam, and the star of the show Eva Marie!
I had a blast hanging with Stella at Plum Island. She is my friend Andrea’s dog and came down from Portland, Maine to hang on the beach!