I’ve always considered it a privilege when granted access to photograph any of the old mills in Lawrence. The mill owners are generous, trusting, and they allow me to do something for which I have a true passion. This past weekend, however, a privilege became an honor.
My good friend and fellow photographer, Bob Lussier, had been asked to create some environmental portraits of the man who has served as the keeper of the Ayer Mill Clock for the past 22 years. As you know, Bob and I share the same passion for the mills, and he was kind enough to allow me to join him for the shoot. In exchange for acting as a light stand for some off-camera flash for the portraits, I was able to shoot the inside the clock tower, and more importantly I got to know Charlie.
Charlie has incredible stories to share, and is an encyclopedia of facts about the mechanics and history of this special landmark from his many years maintaining and rebuilding it. It was a pleasure and an honor to meet him, and in the process, I also got some pretty cool images to share. I’m starting today with a shot of the exterior of the clock tower taken from the roof of the Ayer Mill before we went inside. Images from inside will follow in later posts, along with some interesting information about the mill and clock tower.
And please check out Bob’s site for some of the photos he captured of Charlie. Really great stuff.