Not long ago, I was asked by a coworker to take a team picture as a retirement celebration for one of their team members, Bill. Getting 19 people together (the 18 subjects plus me) involved a couple of directors excusing people from meetings, and a few last minute phone calls, and we pulled off the top picture above. While I was arranging them and waiting for people to skip out of meetings, I had the idea to represent Bill’s departure by having him leave the picture, and everyone else lowering their heads in despair. In that moment, I had no idea how it would turn out, or how they would use it. I was just trying to make a playful moment. Turns out the team loved the idea, and printed both pictures at 8×10 and put them in the double frame above. The team (and I) then signed the mat and the whole thing was presented to Bill on his last day. I love the result and was really glad I could help create it for them.
One week later, I went to the signing party for Fresh Wreckage and was ecstatic to see one of my images printed at poster size, mounted and matted. They had sharpies and encouraged everyone to sign it.
I love it. What a great memento of that night and the great occasion.