David is With the Angels Now
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This is David, one of the most beautiful men I have ever known. This was shot eight years before he finally succumbed to the ravages of AIDS. He had me take these shots from a few yards away so the purplish spots from the Kaposi's Sarcoma would not be visible.
I loved him so much.
We dated in High School, before he came out, and he was a magnificent friend and companion. Huge, golden brown eyes in a cherub's face. He even had the curly locks.
Here, David sat so, so still for me, in the minimal light of the train station. He froze for me for a 1/30th exposure, and resultingly, his face looks like a statue. Indeed, as Nelson and others have pointed out below in commentary, when I printed this, I was astonished at how still and stuary David appeared - as though his face were cement, and no dodging and lightening changed it, and I tried for, literally, hours. His countenance was clearly meant to stand as it does. Surely, a harbinger of what was to come.
David was the most popular and handsome guy at school, and as his ardent lover, first, and then pal, once he came out, it was hideous to watch the ravages this disease took on him, and yet, NOT upon his soul.
I will always remember him this way; pensive, quiet, gorgeous, and only 38.
I will miss him very much.
God Speed, Dave. I love you.
(Gelatin silver print, scanned - Mamiya C330, Tri-X film.)
Also by L Hartley
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