A few years ago I had the priviledge of meeting in person my friend and mentor, the famous Canadian photojournalist, Ted Grant. Ted's getting up there in years, and when I moved to Colorado a few years ago, I realized I was fairly close to his home on Vancouver Island. (Colorado is close to the Canadian Pacific Northwest, isn't it? I guess distance is relative....) Ted graciously let me stay at his house for our visit. We went out to his favorite sushi place, he cooked for me, and he regaled me with stories and wisdom about photojournalism, family, and life.
I am primarily a black and white portrait photographer, and I'll never forget something Ted said that sums up precisely why I do black and white portraits. He said, "when you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls." I still get chills remembering.
This blog post and fond memory is for you, Ted. Be well, my friend.
To learn more about Ted Grant, go here: http://tedgrantphoto.com