The Green Door
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Behold I stand at the door and knock...Revelations 3: 20
This is a scanned print that I shot of John and Bob in July 1997 with my NIkon FE2 film camera.
They called themselves the "City Slickers" and they were from my home town where I grew up..
Bob on the right with the blue guitar graduated from high school with me in 1961 and have known him since grade school. My late mother used to give him piano lessons for a short while when he was around 10 years old.
They asked me to shoot a series of pictures of them for their promotional flyer that summer. I was nervous as I had never done that kind of a shoot before ...I wish I could say that all the pictures that evening turned out super but contended with blobs of contrasty lighting by trees, etc. and I remember it was steaming hot outside...
The last picture I shot of them by the green door in the shade has always been my favorite of the whole works because not only did the lighting cooperate, but by this time we were all more relaxed since the photo shoot was ending and I got some natural spontaneous smiles from them:)
John and Bob are no longer performing musically together. John moved to another state shortly after I shot this picture... but they used to sing and play their guitars for many events, plus street dances on the 4th of July. The old wooden building on this image is no longer there either but was torn down later.... We got permission from the owner at that time to use it for the background on this photo shoot.
Update: I was delighted to learn that there was a popular song in 1956 entitled
"The Green Door" that I had never heard of and here is a link to read the lyrics:
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