Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ralph And Dolly

If you live on an island, most likely you will know your neighbors.  It's a pretty tight knit community here and I was fortunate enough to meet my neighbors for the moment, Dolly and Ralph.  Today, Ralph came over to sit down and chat with me a while.  Once I told him that I've been taking pictures, he told me all about his days as a photographer.  I asked if I could come over to his home in a few hours to take his photograph and he smiled and said, "sure!"

When he was working, Ralph was the official photographer for the state of Maine, among other jobs as a photographer in his career.  He took photographs that were displayed on the state map at the time.  He photographed the governor and his family for each map as well as the local sights, activities, and food of Maine.

It was a pleasure listening to his stories on what equipment he used at the time, how he got his shots and all of the places he went being the official photographer of the state.  I couldn't help but have a smile on my face as I listened to his tales.  He and his wife, Dolly have lived in the same house on this island for forty years. They've been through all different weather conditions and couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

You can't help but fall in love with the people and sights of this town.  It will be hard to leave.


JANE E KIRN said...

Alison, I LOVED this post! Ralph and Dolly are a delightful couple, and I could see how fun it would be to photograph them. People are full of stories and I am glad you are in this world to find those people and let your readers read and see your amazing photos.
I was wondering if they have internet? Or family close by to keep them company. Although they look like they are use to being entertained by easily just being. Thanks for this one!

Freely Living Life said...

You have such a unique ability with photography! I just can't get enough and I always look forward to seeing your posts. =0) This Maine couple is so adorable and still full of love and life even at their age. Priceless.

Thanks for sharing.


Alison said...

Thank you Jane and Freely! Ralph and Dolly are just wonderful people. I am glad I was able to share a little of them with you. :)

Anonymous said...

Ralph and Dolly have been our vacation neighbors and much more for the past 23 years! They are family to us and we love them.

It was nice to meet you but did not have time for conversation as you were off and running.

Beautiful pictures...

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