I am going to end my series on Richard by sharing a few quotes and images from this past week, as well as some of his own photographs. He has been an incredibly strong man in the face of death. Even today he managed (with some help) to get up out of bed and into a wheelchair so he could go outside to feel the sun on his face.
“Photography has been a joy and a love affair.”
“Lately I have been using the Nikon D3. I was expecting the new 800, which would have been the last camera I would ever want. I would have probably gone nuts on that thing if I hadn’t gotten sick. That camera would have lasted me the rest of my life.”
“I was always interested in airplanes. I always hung out at the local airport and would fly anytime I could. I’d hitch rides with different pilots. I would wash their airplanes. They knew I wanted to learn to fly. When I was 13 or 14 I started flying. You can’t apply for a pilot’s license unless you’re 16. I kept washing and washing airplanes and flying and got enough hours legally to solo, which I did on my 16th birthday. The airplane I was flying got torn up in a bad tornado, and I never got to finish getting my private license.”
"I think my whole family turned out good. I’m proud of my daughters. My grand kids are just that. Grand."
“I am not afraid to die.”