Project Portrait: Day 124
Next up we have Derek Keefe – who is Kathleen Patricia Keefe’s partner. This is part two of my series with the lovely couple. I originally only planned to photograph Kathleen, but when I saw Derek he was someone I was absolutely captivated by. He had this tremendously thoughtful look in his eye and was probably the most gentle soul I’ve ever met. I took some pictures of him head on and absolutely loved them, but when Kathleen told me Derek was deaf it completely changed the picture I wanted to take. I think people with a disability are unfairly surmised as such. I think others, me included often just see someone for what’s wrong with them rather than look for all the wonderful things that are, to put it crudely, right. Derek is a testament to that. He was funny, kind and allowed me to take his glasses off so you could see his lovely blue eyes. For this image I wanted to make his ear the centre of the picture, but make it slightly blurred so your eye starts exploring what else is going on with Derek – of which, I think is a lot. There’s more to people than meets the eye. Or in this case, there’s more to Derek than his ears. If you’re interested in being part of this project, do get in touch.