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In Memoriam

Meet my 3-year-younger brother, Bennett, who died of severe arteriosclerosis in 1996, 11 years ago today.  He was 47.

Some of you have met my 11-year-younger sister, Ruth, by her comments here and her own photo site.  She's the youngest of us 8 kids.  I'm #3.  Bennett is #5.

Bennett was a photographer par excellence before digital cameras or photo-manipulation programs were in vogue.  Besides developing his negatives, printing them and selling them at exhibits in Michigan, he also did a lot of experimentation with posterization and different filter effects.  He also taught photography at Lansing Community College in Michigan. 

Ruth and I were not photographers back then.  I guess he simply passed on the torch to us!

Thank you, Bennett.  I love and miss you!

(I do not know who took this B&W photo of Bennett.  I wish I did!  I have added my own sepia tones because he had carrot-red hair!)



In Memoriam

Meet my 3-year-younger brother, Bennett, who died of severe arteriosclerosis in 1996, 11 years ago today.  He was 47.

Some of you have met my 11-year-younger sister, Ruth, by her comments here and her own photo site.  She's the youngest of us 8 kids.  I'm #3.  Bennett is #5.

Bennett was a photographer par excellence before digital cameras or photo-manipulation programs were in vogue.  Besides developing his negatives, printing them and selling them at exhibits in Michigan, he also did a lot of experimentation with posterization and different filter effects.  He also taught photography at Lansing Community College in Michigan. 

Ruth and I were not photographers back then.  I guess he simply passed on the torch to us!

Thank you, Bennett.  I love and miss you!

(I do not know who took this B&W photo of Bennett.  I wish I did!  I have added my own sepia tones because he had carrot-red hair!)



comments (12)

Beautiful portrait. I am a BFA graduate and I know several people that have come from Lansing Community College, and they are highly skilled. They have one of the top 2 year programs out there. Sorry for your loss .
Ginnie Hart: How wonderful, Geoffe, that you found this on this day to give homage, in a way, to Bennett and LCC. I'm guessing you put a big smile on his face. smile Thank you for taking the time to comment.
Ginnie, I am so sorry to hear that you lost a brother so young. It seems he has indeed passed the torch to you and your sister.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your kind comment, Karen!
A great way to honour your brother, Ginnie. You have done him proud by continuing his legacy. I am sorry for your loss.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kedar!
Oh strange... I feel like arriving in an old movie with gold finders frends. Really nice portrait Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Roland.
wonderful portrait !
Ginnie Hart: It's definitely my favorite of him, Nicolas! Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 24 Feb 2007, 12:54
I love this. Do you know, when I was taking snapshots of our kids with our little Pentax ME Super, back in the '80s, Bennett gave me many tips to improve my compositions, lighting, etc. I never dreamed then that I'd be so bitten by photography one day. But I still remember what he taught me. Of course I also appreciate what he did in his own work way more now. He had an intuition for it that still astounds me. It would be cool to scan a photo of his sometime for your site, maybe next anniversary? (The grasshopper, the orthodox priest portrait, one of the Novia Scotia cottages, Peggy's Cove, for example.)

Also, I'm so pleased at what Geoffe wrote. As an adviser at Mich. St. Univ. I have heard this about nearby LCC's program, that it has become very well thought of.

Rest in peace, dear Brother. I miss you.
Ginnie Hart: You've had much more contact with Bennett and his photography, Ruth, than I ever did. That must be why you're so much farther ahead of me. smile He sure left us a legacy, didn't he! And that's a good idea to put up one of his photos one day.

I, too, was so happy that Geoffe found this and left a comment! Yay for MSU and LLC! smile
It's a wonderful picture and a wonderful memory of your brother. The processing you did is excellent.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Julia!
I agree with Julischka; It's a wonderful picture and a wonderful memory of your brother and the processing is excellent.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Aksel, for your kind words!
  • Ellie
  • New Forest, Hampshire, England
  • 24 Feb 2007, 22:12
What a touching tribute Ginnie, and so beautifully scanned and edited too.

I'm so sorry to learn of your loss, it's hard to bear when a sibling dies, especially one who is special.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ellie. Ironically, Bennett was the only one of the 8 kids who never married or had kids, so all he left behind was his nuclear family and friends. That was a blessing.
smile smile
Ginnie Hart: Smiles all around, Dani, for many memories.
A big kiss Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Zeb. Thank you!
  • Mia
  • 26 Feb 2007, 18:53
A wonderful tribute, Ginnie, may his soul RIP. Wonderful portrait and PP too.

Photography must be in all ya'll genes smile And what better ways but to celebrate one's memories through this form of art.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mia. The photography genes have definitely passed on to many of our kids as well. Some of my nephews are in graphic arts and have to take pics all the time. It's been fun to see it all evolve, from Bennett!

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