January Challenge: Black and White… Entry #10 Tony

Not long ago my daughter and I attended a retirement party for Mike Templeton from the Mesquite Arts Center. As we sipped our wine and enjoyed the festivities, I caught sight of this fella with long gray hair. He certainly stood out in the crowd and for some reason, he looked familiar. We struck up a conversation with him and his wife, and before long, I thought that she too looked very familiar. After chatting for a while, I realized that I had photographed both of them at the Mesquite Cemetery historical presentation where the actors dress in period costume and stand by the tombstone of a deceased Mesquite resident and tell that person’s story.

Suddenly it all came back. Tony was in the Civil War and dressed appropriately, and his wife was dressed as a school teacher as each stood at their respective tombstones. And then I thought that Tony would be a great choice to add to my 100 Strangers Project. When I told him of the project, he graciously said he would be pleased to be a part of it.

The light in the reception room was not conducive to shooting a portrait but at the end of the hall, I could see the late afternoon light coming in through the door, so we went to the end of the hall. Being the actor that he is, he struck a pose and I took several photos and I liked this one the best. It was taken in color but I do like the looks of the black and white image.

Tony (Photo by Fay/Lala)

(Photo by Fay/Lala)

Tony (Photo by Fay/Lala)

(Photo by Fay/Lala)

If Mesquite again does the cemetery meander, it would be fun for the club to go and shoot the event.
Here is a photo of Tony acting out his part at the cemetery…
Remember when... (Photo by Fay/Lala)

Remember when…
(Photo by Fay/Lala)


12 thoughts on “January Challenge: Black and White… Entry #10 Tony

  1. This is fun Lala. Yes, I love the B&W too. Tony is such a good actor, would like to see him on his Civil War dress. It must be fun.
    Well, what can I say about this picture? Nothing…. You are the best.

  2. Yes, a lovely monochrome image. The color is wonderful. The monochrome is equally wonderful in another way, it’s like snow on the mountain.

    Does he do stage? I feel I’ve worked with him, sometime in the great dark past.

  3. GREAT shot, fun story! I love the angle of your photo as well! The cemetery meander would be fun to shoot! Thanks for adding the addendum photo!

  4. Fay,
    Very nice B&W portrait!!! Tony looks like he can really play the part well. Sounds like a very interesting event to attend and shoot. I remember seeing some of your great images you took at this event previously! The women really do well at dressing up for their part too!!!

  5. I enjoyed learning how you overcame your lighting challenge and like your interesting tilt position you gave Tony. Always good stuff from you and I need more time to delve into it all here at the CWPC home.

  6. Nice photos. I really like B&W. The photo dressed in civil war attire looks so real. Great job as always

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