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Remembering Mark

Mark Ferguson at work. © Damaso Reyes

Mark Ferguson at work. © Damaso Reyes

My good friend Mark Ferguson died a year ago and in many ways I am still coming to terms with the loss. When you’re young you just assume that everyone around you will always be there. Mark was a teacher and then friend whose kindness and generosity has a special place in my heart. I have few friends and he was one of them, to me this pretty much sums up our relationship. He died far too young but I still carry his rye sense of humor and unique outlook on life with me every day. They say you don’t know what you have until it is gone and that is certainly the case with Mark. The photos I took of him over the years are like talismans for me. They don’t come close to showing who this man was but for me these photos are touchstones which help me to remember what an important part of my life this dear friend was and continues to be.

Birthday party. © Damaso Reyes

Birthday party. © Damaso Reyes

I always say that I take photos so I can remember. I am always forgetting; the past to me is an intangible in many ways as the future. In this case I can close my eyes and remember all the time we spent together, every bad joke, each dubious glass project I helped out on. From meeting for lunch or going to the Russian Baths; arguing about politics or dreaming about the future. The time we spent together remains firmly etched in my mind.

Art object. © Damaso Reyes

Art object. © Damaso Reyes

Sometimes I feel like I will turn a corner and see him; like his voice is just a moment away…

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