September 4, 2009

Small World

Baltimore is also known as Smalltimore, and everyone knows everyone else. I was looking for a picture the other night and one of the Google results was for a wedding photographer who grew up down the road from where my family and a set of cousins lived. He was a little older than the kids in my family, but we all knew each other. remanjon_090808_0508

I started reading his blog (where the images illustrating this post are from) and he talked about a wedding he’d recently done at Evergreen that the friend I had dinner with last night catered. She and I talked about knowing him, me when we were kids when we called him Bubby, and she as a colleague who was professional and talented.remanjon_090627_0476

On Tuesday, I popped him and e-mail and said I remembered him and recalled our old street and told him how beautiful his pictures were. He wrote back and remembered us and our cousins and we both said that we were sure we’d see each other around soon.remanjon shotgun-door

Arthur deRoaldes Remanjon was killed in an accident on Wednesday. remanjon spanish-moss-live-oaks-audubon-park Such a talent lost.

27 comments:

  1. Oh, that is such a tragedy. Indeed...an incredible talent. Thanks for sharing this.

    I have come across your blog before and don't know why I haven't bookmarked you. A lovely blog.

    I also have a soft spot in my heart for Baltimore, and long to visit one day. Years ago I looked into going to Johns Hopkins and read a lot about Baltimore - it sounded like such a wonderful place. I ended up skipping med school (which I regret), but often think of Baltimore. I really should squeeze in a trip this time, as it isn't far from DC...

    Something to consider. Going to read more posts now!

    xo Terri

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  2. What a sad and terrible turn of events. Makes me think about time and how I shouldn't be wasting any of it.

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  3. Oh my! I didn't see it going here. I'm so sorry.

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  4. I'm sure that must have seemed especially eerie. So sorry for the loss.

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  5. Oh Meg, What a sweet, touching, ironic, sad story.
    What a talent he was- such lovely photographs.
    I am so sorry.

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  6. Such beautiful photography - how sad, for the world and his family and for you. A big hug, Meg.
    xoxox

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  7. Oh Meg this is sad. What a talent lost, his work is beautiful.

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  8. Terrible, terrible story. I'm so sorry.

    One of the commenters to Jacques Kelly's story in the Sun said a driver made an illegal U-turn at 39th & University and hit Arthur head-on. If this is true, it's clearly the driver's fault and I would expect some kind of charges to be pending. But that, of course, won't change the fact that this wonderful, talented man is gone.

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  9. Thanks, everyone!

    For someone I hadn't seen in years, this really hit hard.

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  10. What a gift that was to have that last communication. So sorry for your loss...XXOO

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  11. Meg - I'm so so sorry. What a strange coincidence and blessing that you two reconnected through e-mail, first. What a loss!

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  12. Oh, Meg, I'm so sorry. There does seem to be some bad mojo going around.

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  13. Oh Meg, this is so tragic...what a sad and awful waste of a talented life, xv.

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  14. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. I stumbled onto your blog by way of the Dash and Albert website. I too am from Baltimore and have been living in Florida for the past 11 years. I miss the north especially this time of the year so I look forward to being able to revisit the town through your blog.

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  15. God Meg... how strange and tragic. I'm glad you honored him on your blog. And I'm glad you exposed his work to all of out us out here.

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  16. Such a sad loss Meg. He truly was a remarkable talent. He captured so many special and tender moments beautifully. I don't know the man but just looking at his great work and seeing the smiles on the people's faces in the pictures gives me a sense of sadness of his passing.

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  17. So sorry to hear that tragic news. His images are beautiful.

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  18. It really makes you realize that every day is a gift. His legacy will live on with the beautiful moments that he captured with his artist's eye.

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  19. Oh, what a sad loss. He was obviously such a talented man. He had a special eye.

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  20. Meg, a very nice memorial...I am sad indeed.

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  21. So sorry for your loss and for the loss of this wonderful talent.

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  22. Just read this Meg. I've been hobbled computer wise. Life is so fragile/indeed this is another tragic example.
    Onward.

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  23. what a sweet sweet, but sad story. so so sorry. Your blog is delightful.

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  24. That is a sad story. I followed your links and I have to say I agree with you, he was very talented.

    All I can say is that you were able to email him and at least reconnect.

    /hug

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  25. I am so sorry.
    Ann

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