Wednesday, August 10, 2016

In Honor of My Friend Robin Williams

In Honor of My Friend
Robin Williams-
Hello, my dear friends & followers. While I was down in the Redwoods visiting my family, I would
read the newspaper every morning -called the Times Standard- with my parents. I found a few Articles that I hope you enjoy.
The one story that I found was about Robin Williams personal Photographer....
''The entire time Robin and I worked together or knew each other, he never once said to me,
'no, you can't shoot this or you can't shoot that.' It was amazing.''
-Arthur Grace, Photographer and Friend...
Arthur Grace met Robin in 1986 at the Pittsburgh comedy club. As you have probably figure out,
anything that I find about Robin Williams - I will post on my Blog😄 I hope that you all will enjoy These posts on my blog about Robin😄.
After Arthur Grace meet Robin in 1986 at the Comedy club the two became fast friends- until it was about 2years upon his death. I guess after watching Robin do his Gig at the Club they must of really hit it off as friends.
Why, you might ask? Well, from that night Grace became Robins personal photographer and dear friend to the year 2002. He would travel with Robin to all his various stand-up gigs during the late 80s. In between those times with Robin, Grace would do many other assignments such as covering the former President Ronald Reagon while in office. He would do many different photo assignments while at the White House during President Ronald Reagon's 8year term. Also other type of news during that time too.
Yet he would always caught up with his dear friend Robin in what he was doing too! whether it was
acting or the gigs of stand-up. Grace was by Robin's side throughout his life taking photo's of everything that he happen to be doing at the time/acting/stand-up and the Comedy Relief with his friends Whoopi and Billy. He even stayed with Robin during the holiday's to shoot Robins Family
portraits and Christmas Cards too!⛄ which was almost every year❄❄⛄. It would seem that the photographer Arthur Grace had so many lovely memoires and stories about his dear departed friend that when he would photo Robin as he would say 'Nothing was off-limits for Robin'.
One of the most private of moments that Grace remembers with Robin is at the San Francisco home. As he was just snapping away photo's and talking, he found himself inside his friends most private room. It was a room that only but a few are allow in. Grace felt very honored to be one of those few.
Inside this room it was a kinda like a James Bond hidden pass way to get in. Or if you will a Private man Cave. But for Robin it was more like a private Sancturay for him to escape fro the world.




Robin would stay in this magick room for hours at a time. Inside the room was amazing fun things to do! It had computers; laptops; computers games of all kinds you can think of; video games; scripts stack high as you could see/ and in many piles; And of course he had his private toy soldiers that were his as a child too.
The photo in the center is much different  than when the time they had dinner in 2013 at Grace  
house. I just thought it would be fun to have a photo of the two friends one last time at what looks like  a dinner house...If fact there was no photos so
we will never no what that dinner was like nor do I want to know myself
Grace couldn't truly remember the last photo he took of his dear friend, however he did remember, the last time they saw each other. It was late 2013 when Robin had come to Grace house for Dinner. By this time there was no need for the camera anymore. And the subject that they would talk about was about not the camera or the next shot/or next gig/ acting job. It was about their friendship and how they had been friends for such a long time in the good and bad. How important their friendship was to them. And that they hoped that they would grow old together with their families. During that dinner  
the last time they saw each other. It was late 2013 when Robin had come to Grace house for Dinner. By this time there was no need for the camera anymore. And the subject that they would talk about was about not the camera or the next shoot/or next gig/ acting job. It was about their friendship and how they had been friends for such a long time in the good and bad. How important their friendship was to them. And that they hoped that they would grow old together with their families. During that dinner the camera never came out.
They talked about other stuff and Robin was funny as he always was. 
Grace felt the camera had no place in their lives anymore.
It was only 3years after that when Robin died and it hit Grace to the core just 
as it did everyone in the world.
Its like the laughter had stopped here on earth yet I know it is 
going strong in heaven. If only Robin knew how much he is missed,
loved by so many people around the world.
We all understood the enormous pain that he was in, We all just wish
he would let us all help him. Let all of us love him and let him know
it ok to have depression, anxitiys and other metal issues. I myself 
have had them since 2005...
The world loved him so much!!!!
He gave his heart and soul full of love; laughter giving to the Troops too.
If only he could hear this all today 
Anyway sorry I do get side-track sometimes...
As Grace delated with his own grief , it was about eight months 
after Robins passing when Grace started to think about all the photo's 
that he had of his dear friend Robin.
   That's when he decided to create a book in his honor
called 'Legacy Book' for his friend.
It took a long time to figure out which photo's to use
since he has so many over the years of 1986-2002
Even the name of the book changed a few times.
However, he will always remember the time when Robin was
with him taking photo's Clearly he never once said to him,
'That's enough, stop taking pictures or No, you can't shoot
this or you cant shoot that..."
In the end Grace finally was able to pick 190 photographs
He also change the book cover too.
I looked up the book on my Amazon.com
Just look under Books search....
write in ... Robin Williams: A singular portrait, 1986-2002
Prices
Hard Cover 29.76
Kindle 28.29
Well, I know that when I can I am going to get the book
I had a look & it look Amazing


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