Graham Lewis, “Ashland, Oregon”: Sixth of Thirty Three
A couple years ago, my good friend, Emily Zook, told me about local Graham Lewis and his awesome photographs. Being new to town, I really didn’t know many people. We were standing in the Plaza at an Ashland Fourth of July parade when Emily spotted him wearing his trusty photographer vest, an ever-present camera slung over his shoulder. She shouted, “There he is!” I literally chased after him through Lithia Park (he’s a fast walker!) I was out of breath and practically knocked him down when I finally caught up. Then I said something stupid like, “Hi Graham, Would you like to participate in my book project?” After he looked at me quizzically for a while (as in “Who is this Lady?”), I invited him for coffee the next week to discuss my ideas, and we’ve been in touch ever since. During the course of writing my book, Graham was always on call to answer my questions or give advice. He serves as staff photographer for the Chamber of Commerce and is deeply involved with Rotary International. His dedicated presence in Ashland, his soft, southern drawl and shock of white hair make him stand out in a crowd. It seems everywhere you turn in our small town, Graham is there, giving to our community. He also has a keen eye for detail, as you can see in his wonderful photos.
Check out Graham Lewis’ website http://grahamlewisfinephotography.blogspot.com/ In addition, the Local’s Guide said it best in this recent article about how Graham Lewis Keeps Ashland in Focus: http://ashland.oregon.localsguide.com/graham-lewis-keeping-ashland-in-focus
In my Seventh blog about the book, Ashland, Oregon, you’ll meet “Renaissance Man,” Ken Deveney.
To purchase Ashland, Oregon and see more photos by Graham Lewis, as well as from all 33 photographers, go to the Order page of my website.