“When will you be in the project?” Common question, and since I am trying to convince others (easier said than done) to sit in my studio and get their photo taken, I guess I need to practice what I preach. A few weeks back I decided when I get to #0100 I would like it to be me. I also decided I wanted #0099 to be Ben Bennett, it took some conversations, but he agreed to not only sit for the project but to take my photo. I have known Ben for a long time, as many in Medway do. In my book he is the Medway Photographer. When I bought my first business he was one of the first calls I made. I honestly think I called him the second day I was in business, June 8th, 1996, to ask him a question about passport pictures. He came up to the shop and we talked photo and had many visits after that. He photographed my engagement photos, my wedding, my kids, so it made sense he shoot this photo. I am honored to have him in the project and to have, what will most likely be the only photographer other than me, taking one of the photos. So if two photographers who are completely outside their comfort zone on the other side of the camera can have their picture taken, so can you. Think of it as being part of something that I hope will be looked back on decades from now, the more of us who are in it, the more powerful the message. I even have a chance for you to join in, this Saturday, September 8th, 9-1 at my studio. Stop by, 5 minutes, no cost, a quick survey is the hardest part and it is done. You can be part of Medway’s history. Click here for the event info
Tim Rice #0100
Date: September 5, 2018, Age: 44, Lifelong Medway Resident (minus a couple), Medway Business Owner: Current – Tim Rice Photo, Past – The Photo Shop One Hour Film Lab, Occupation: Photographer. “My parents moved to Medway after they were married and I was raised here. I bought a business in the shopping plaza developing film at 22 years old right out of college. I married a townie girl and fellow graduate of the MHS class of ‘91. We were married next to Lobisser’s cow farm in 1997 and have raised our family here. Two kids, one a MHS ’17 grad, one a future grad in ‘19. I have seen and documented many changes in this town, I embrace the change for at its core this is a strong community with people who are proud and passionate to be here. I have been a coach and director for Youth Baseball, currently am on the board for Medway Cable and Medway Christmas Parade and can be found at many events and around town taking photos. NOTE: Benny Bennett #0099 in this project, took my photo, just as he has many times prior, including my wedding. It seemed right he be the one to take it for me so I could be part of this collection.
Benny Bennett #0099
Date: September 5, 2018, Age: 73, Lifelong Medway Resident, Medway Business Owner: Bennett Photography, Occupation: Retired. “I became a part of the community, sometime over 70 years ago, when I was born here. My father served on the Medway Fire Department for many years. Both my parents worked in town for a lot of their lives. I graduated Medway High in 1963 and went on to work at General Motors. Back in the early 80s I developed a love of photography and videography. I learned techniques, the technology and video edit programs, which were very different at the time – eventually starting Bennett Photography. I shot weddings, families and reunion photos of people from the Medway community for more than 25 years. I’ve had a lifelong interest in cars, especially classics like my 1961 Pontiac Bonneville. I raised two daughters, Tracy and Pamela, in Medway and continue to live here with my wife Sandy.”