The following are a collection of photos
I took of Robert S. Gooblar, my photography professor who taught
me in Ryerson's Photography Workshop in France in 1994, and then
back in Toronto.
Rob passed away December 1997, he had a
significant impact on all those that knew him and he will be forever
missed. I remember Rob for his passion for photography and teaching,
for caring about his students like that of a father, for the way
he made us laugh, for his encouragement and optimism no matter what,
and especially, for his love for life.
The photo above I think best represents
my memory of Rob. Jumping for joy, Rob was one of the few people
I've known that literally expressed it. It was contagious.
I have many more photos with him to scan
still. Unfortunately, my most memorable moment has no picture. One
late night in Arles, Rob commented to me how he wanted flowers on
each table for breakfast in the morning. I said to him that one
of the sights I've always wanted to see were the sunflowers that
Van Gogh made Arles so famous for, I saw none in sight. So he said
to me "do you want to go pick out some flowers?", in the middle
of the night, he's crazy I thought. Foolishly I thought, I followed
him to our rented van, and we drove off in blackness to some far
away field. We stopped the van, got out, and lit only by moonlight
were in a field of flowers. They weren't sunflowers, but flowers
nonetheless, and in the morning everyone wondered where all the
flowers came from!