George

imageGeorge, Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

What do you do with portraits of friends that aren’t particularly flattering, and yet capture an element of “truthiness” that somehow makes them-the portraits-worthwhile? I’ll be the first to admit that this image of George doesn’t show him in his best light, and yet it is so right on in showing him as the quirky guy he is, that I just have to share it.

George is a prototypical hipster; he was a hipster before we started using the term. He is a collector of funky stuff; modern furniture, classic Vespa scooters, stereo equipment from the tube era and clothing, and he manages to pull this off in the sleepy backwater that is Woodbury. I will hazard a guess that nearly everybody in town (certainly anyone who has lived here more than five years) knows, or knows of him. He makes his living as an industrial appraiser and auctioneer, but his passion is the classic modern furniture from Eames, Knoll, Platner and Saarinen, and he operates a small store on Main Street for that purpose. In short, he’s a character and I’m glad to know him. Visit his site here. http://www.georgechampioncompany.com/modernshop/

Panasonic Lumix G3 with 20mm f1.7 lens, processed in Nik Snapseed® on my iPad Air.

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