In Loving Memory of Marjorie Olds (1923 – 2014) | Versailles, IN

“I’ll keep you in my heart, until we meet again.” – Cadir Lampe

Heaven opened its pearly gates this morning to welcome the arrival of a new angel, by the name of Marjorie Rose Olds.

Marge was one of the four “Golden Girls” that lived across the street from me. She lived alone as she was preceded in death by her husband and two children.

From the very beginning of my residency in Versailles, she welcomed me with her big heart and sincere friendship. In return, I would bake her cookies and share many dinners. Those gestures gave me enough excuse to check on her and made sure she was eating well.

This photograph was taken in September 2012, at her home, a couple of months before she broke her hips twice and was transferred to a nursing care home in Madison. She took out a few tops and I chose this one for her. She found a matching earring and sat by the window, and smiled for me. I am glad I have this photograph to remember her by…in the condition that I want to remember her by – the beautiful soul that she is. Accompanied by the last words of “I love you too!”

Rest in peace, Marge. I love you very much.

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Ben + Katie | Greensburg, IN

“Every person is a new door to a different world.” – Unknown

I met Katie at a Women’s Defense Class, held at the YMCA in Batesville. She was in the same assigned group and at a few trials, was my partner where I get to “kick” and “pushed” her…all in the name of fun learning, of course. It was during the unclose “rough” moments, that I noticed her cute freckles, gorgeous Lake Como blue eyes and those natural curls. But it was the all encompassing quiet beauty of hers that got me to pick up enough courage to ask if she was keen to be a model for some personal work that I have in mind, to which she agreed after checking out this website and realized I’m legit. Ha! And Ben said yes to my extended invitation as well. So yay!

After one failed meet that involved a donkey and some poison ivy, we finally met on a rainy Sunday July morning at a old garment factory in Greensburg, IN. All the credit for the location goes to both Ben and Katie. I could not have found the most perfect location myself – I mean, and I’m sure you will agree, the light in there was just glorious! Here are my favorite images.

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  • 22 Aug ’14 - 6:47 AM

    Gary - Great composition! Love the light in the last picture. Well done!