Early last month my mentor, Standish Lawder, passed away. Standish was the first person to ever convince and show me that I was a good photographer, not just a picture taker, and he was the first person to really take me under his wing and teach me about the art of photography. Standish and I met briefly after I used his downtown studio for one of my first ever studio photo shoots.
Here is one of the first emails I ever received from Standish:
"So, I googled your name, and was delighted and highly impressed to discover your great collection of wonderful images----which has prompted me to ask: would you be interested in teaching at the Denver Darkroom? I'd love to have you on the faculty. Let me know, OK? thanks, Standish"
It wasn't long after that email that I was driving up to the Denver Darkroom on a weekly basis, learning the art from Standish. Soon after that, I was teaching and helping run the photography school. I owe much of my technical expertise from Standish and wish that I could sit down and chat with him just one more time over a cheap bottle of wine.....