“Brothers,” c. 2010, Heidi Straube
“If you press me to say why I loved him,
I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.”
– Michel de Montaigne
There’s a grace and gentleness to this photograph that gives me a warm feeling every time I see it.
Two brothers…who did the usual “boy” thing of resisting a bit when we started the family photo shoot…then began to enjoy being the center of attention…and by the end of the afternoon, were fully into a beautiful dance of friendship and love that lit up the space.
An elegant connection…giving each other room, then teasing and physically close…claiming their personal portrait time, then inviting the other to play in front of the camera…And throughout always comfortable, trusting, supportive.
These boys are young men now. May they still enjoy their special relationship of brothers, and may the women in their lives enjoy the same beautiful experience that was my gift at this time.