There are just so many great people that I am leaving behind in Louisville. Brittany and Darren are two of the best.
Who is Chris Bennett really? I am not sure that I know. I know things about Chris. He is a wonderful musician, an excellent cook, well read and learned. There is a deepness to him – one which I have only skimmed the surface. I like this about him. He holds your attention and keeps you guessing. What an interesting man.
I remember seeing Mary Margaret around – at coffee houses, at sojourn, at shows – and thinking “man, I want to be that girl’s friend.” She just looked so cool and interesting. Well, I was not disappointed when I finally met her. I can now say that is girl is not only my friend, but a sister.
Mary Margaret has some amazing idea in that pretty little head of hers. Check out her blog Fly Away Fox.
“I am standing in the wake of my destruction!” Curtis exclaims as he walks away from an abandoned construction site. This is Curtis, a most ridiculous friend. Could we call Curtis extreme? Maybe. He is one of the toughest people I know, he also has one of the hugest hearts. He pursues things with passion, whether it is an adventure raise, his job, or helping a friend. To take Bailey’s words: “What A Man.”
The Cassins are a couple that singles dream of befriending. Intelligent, smart, and fun – they are not wrapped up in their relationship to the point where they disregard the social joys of others. Individually, Jessica and Dan have unique interests and viewpoints. Together, we get to witness a discourse that is witty, insightful, and challenging. But the best part is that they let you in on that discourse. They have this beautiful little world that they share with each other, and they want you to share it with them too.
Brent and Molly are one of the most fun couples I have met here in Louisville. They love culture, food, and a good time. They throw great parties with lots of home-cooked and crafted food. They constantly make me ask the question: “how do they do all of this with two full time jobs and two full time kids?” Here are some photos Molly, Brent, and their youngest, Zeke.
As I think about leaving the country, a weight seems to settle on me. This weight, I think, may signify the dread of loneliness that seems to be inevitable within the context of what I am about to do. I have made a community here and I am now leaving that community. Who knows what it will look like in 2 years time. People will have moved, made different friends, gotten married, had children, fallen out of touch. The Louisville I will come back to is not the Louisville I will be leaving. This thought at times is overwhelming.
There is one group of people that I know I can come back to where time, change, failure, achievement, or need will not separate, rift, or break the relationship that we have established. They may live in different cities, they may live at different stages, but they have stayed my close family for over 5 years now. I hope that 2 more will be no big deal.
I have taken many portraits of these wonderful people over the years. My aim is to post some of them over the next few weeks. Here are the first: some images taken of Marissa and Jordan before they got married in 2008.