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.
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…