A little over a week ago, family and friends buried Robert E. Mason II. If you didn’t know him, you missed an experience. Robbie (as I have known him for over 20 years) attended The Atlanta Ballet and The Ailey School and performed in great works as the Black Nativity, Dream Girls and In the Heights. He was a world class performer and choreographer and it’s my loss for not knowing him better before he died. At the celebration of his life, I was honored to see a few of the images that I created for his dance company, it made me think of his legacy and how we must continue to create our legacies, daily.
This first image was actually a mistake…or just luck. I can’t remember who said something funny, but I kept my eye looking through the lens and just snapped when I saw him trying to hide his awesome smile. It was one of my favorites from the shoot.
I think the goal was to try to catch something different then this more serious image.
I loved this image from another shoot as it demonstrated his wonderful teaching ability.
Finally, this image has always been so powerful to me. I re-edited the black and white image that I originally sent his team because I felt this one more accurately portrays what I saw when I took it (I am always still learning as a photographer). It is a small demonstration of his strength and skill.
There are plenty of other images from those two shoots, but I really wanted to see and post these four again. I can’t recite the definition of Legacy or really articulate what it means. I just know that Robbie created one. I ask that we all do the same!