Last week I watched a 13-year-old documentary on the life of Tom Petty.
The most touching line in the film was Petty’s telling the story of receiving a note from Johnny Cash after they collaborated on a record. The note said, “you’re a good man to ride the river with.”
That single sentence speaks volumes.
It reminded me of a friend whom I don’t see often enough. This fellow’s name is Steve. We rode a few rivers together in the late 80s when he was a photo assistant and I was just breaking into the business.
For the first two years of my life as an advertising photographer in St. Louis, he was my go-to-guy for a series of studio and location adventures.
Thirty years later, I’m not so new and he’s the owner of a precision machine shop in central Illinois with a roster of industrial customers.
I was sad to see him leave the photography world in the early 90’s but I knew his future would be bright no matter what he pursued. I was right.