Sunday, February 3, 2013

Bill Frueh

I try to post pictures with as few words as possible, after all, it's a photo blog. However, I need to expand on tonight's subject. There is a very special man I have been fortunately enough to be acquainted with for the last three years, his name is Bill Frueh. He is a married to one of my husband's co-workers, as well as a long time friends with my cousin. He lost his sight more than 30 years ago, but he doesn't let blindness stop him in the least. He's a musical reenactor who plays the drum and guitar. He's also a beautiful singer and he writes his own songs. He is a Civil War, Revolutionary War and a War of 1812 reenactor. In fact, he got married to his wife in a Civil War themed wedding, which I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at.

Bill is a true lover of music and life in general. He is a very funny, spirited character and his time is limited, he has cancer that is no longer treatable. Saturday they had a party in his honor that, unfortunately due to extenuating circumstances, I was unable to attend. So I'm taking this time out to pay tribute to him visually which is ironic because he can't see it, but it's my medium and it's the thought that counts.

I've had the honor of photographing him performing on a few occasions, a few of those times were at parties held in his honor in the last few years, as well as at his wedding. I also did some promo shots for him and his wife a few years back.

Bill is a wonderful man and he is known far and wide for his reenacting and music. He will be missed. His passing will leave not only a great hole in many lives, but a great hole in the world. I hope these photos do him justice.

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