Happy 38th Anniversary to Mary & Joe

by | Jul 2, 2020

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

We’ve all heard the expression “Time flies when you’re having fun” but that really got to me when I posted these two portraits for today’s blog that are separated by almost 40 years years .

The modern gift that’s given on the 38th anniversary is beryl or tourmaline. Beryl is said to increase and preserve married love which makes it an excellent anniversary gift. Green beryl is sometimes heat treated to create aquamarine and my anniversary gift for Mary was an aquamarine pendant.

How these photos were made: The top photograph was made in Denver’s Johnson’s Park a short time before Mary and I were married more than 38 years ago. It isn’t our official engagement portrait but in many ways I like this one much better than the official one.

We were in the park to make some photographs for fun and for me to show Mary how to load and shoot with a Hasselblad 500CM—ah, the film days, remember them?— the very same camera as it turns out that was used to make this portrait. Lens was a Carl Zeiss Sonnar 150mm f/4, exposure was unrecorded and it was shot on Ektachrome 120 film. While we were at the park, Scott LeBaron, a local portrait photographer and a friend of ours, was photographing a high school senior. When he finished his portrait session, he asked if he could photograph Mary and I and the result is pretty terrific, I think.

The bottom portrait was made a few years ago at one of the last WPPI shows that Mary and I attended together and while Adrian Orozco was demonstrating a new LED lighting system. In looking at these two pictures, I’m struck by how fast the past 38 years have flown by.