Both JoAnne and I, have some really wonderful friends such as Steve & Mary. They invited us for a lovely Barbecue last week. We had met Steve’s mom the year before and I was thoroughly taken with her. Her name is Nobuko. She happened to be visiting again and I sat across from her. As I was talking to her a tiny bit of light lit up her face like she was an angel. I absolutely had to photograph her.
When we left I kissed her and invited her to come to our studio for an informal portrait session. She was gracious enough to come. I spent the morning redoing the studio specifically for her. My Japanese isn’t what it used to be but I greeted her with Ohayo gozaimasu. She was very happy. I had her sit down and we made some small talk. Nobuko is in amazing health and her eyes are the eyes of a 20 year old. They are bright, clear and they sparkle. It doesn’t get better than that. I am not a conventional portrait photographer. When I find someone this beautiful I have to make the photograph. Nobuko did all the work and I recorded her presence.
There is a rumor out there that my very dear friend and partner are married. I’m not going to comment on that, it is just not my place. When I think of JoAnne, I never think of her as a woman photographer. I think of her as a great photographer. She has a huge talent and a very small ego. I doubt she would put this on her blog but I am going to put it on my blog.
JoAnne was featured on Saatchi Art with one of her iconic photographs.