Regis Groff

Denver East Teacher dies at 79

 

Anyone who was fortunate to have Regis Groff as their teacher at Denver East surely remembers him with fondness, love and reverence.  Regis was my teacher for a rather avant-garde class, for the time, called Afro-American history.  He was one of my top two high school teachers.

Just 5 years after the assassination of of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., history books did not yet include much about African Americans aside from slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation.  Tensions between races were still brittle, but Regis taught that class on Black American history with such vigor that even the white kids felt connected – like family.

Oh yeah, Regis was cool.  He was the first person I met who truly looked beyond color, ethnicity or social status.  His charisma was born from his real desire to know and care about his students.  No wonder he did so well as a Colorado Senator.

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It felt sort of awkward reaching for my camera when I saw his expression but I did and here it is.

 

 

But I knew Regis outside of the classroom too.  He coached the East Angels golf team, of which I was the weakest link.  Other teams  knew when the Angels were coming by our hair.  Everyone on the team (even the white kids) wore an “afro”.  And as I recall, Regis too sported a longer cut.  How I would love to get a copy of that team picture.  (Are you out there Dan Gross?)  Whenever I ran into Regis after those high school days, he’d always ask about each of the players by name.  And he’d make a special mention about Eric Lombardi who he knew was my best bud.  “What about Lombardi?”  he’d always say… “let’s get together at City Park.”

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I photographed Regis several times over the years while he was in politics and did his family portraits as well.  This most recent portrait was done about 7 or 8 years ago.  After the photo-shoot was over, we chatted for a long while at his desk.  We talked about war and peace, religion and family.  When I told him about my then 2 year old son’s leg amputation his expression turned to one of shocked empathy.  It felt awkward reaching for my camera when I saw his expression but I did and here it is.  I wonder if he liked this one as much as I do.  It’s a side of Regis I will always cherish.

 

Here’s a link to the Denver Post story by Kirk Mitchell  (Not the same Kirk Mitchell we knew from the hood)

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_26670517/colorados-second-black-state-senator-regis-groff-dies?source=infinite

 

 

 

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Industrial Photography-Mechanical Systems

Rocky Mountain Mechanical Systems

 

Not unlike a portrait photographer, whose client must let their guard down to insure a meaningful portrait, commercial and industrial photographers are privileged to see behind the curtain.  When doing industrial photography, I always bear in mind two things.  The client wants to see a clean pictures and the client needs to illustrate real-life circumstances in their imagery.  Sometimes we have to repaint equipment in post editing, sweep the floor or take the dings out of metal surfaces.  But a small amount of retouching doesn’t mean the industrial photographs don’t represent reality.  It just means that a professional photographer wasn’t commissioned when the equipment was new.

Some of the intricate work by Rocky Mountain Mechanical Systems.

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These are a few of the industrial photography images from a commercial photo-shoot for Rocky Mountain Mechanical Systems.   With 30 years of experience serving Colorado businesses, Rocky Mountain Mechanical specializes  in mechanical needs like cooling, heating and humidity control. They are experts in replacement, expansion, remodels, and new construction for the industrial and commercial markets.

Cooling/heating ducts for commercial mechanical systems.

Grocery warehouse refrigeration (bottom left) installed and maintained by Rocky Mountain Mechanical and Marczyk’s grocery open refrigeration (top and bottom right).

Bruce Byrd is co-founder of Rocky Mountain Mechanical.

 

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People Photography Creativ

This is the latest version of the landing page for the “People” side of deCroce Photography dot com.  And after much mulling, it will be called People Photography Creative.  I could have named it Business People Pictures or Professionals in Portraits or Pics of Peeps or some other contrived concoction.

 

Honestly, it’s tough to come up with a a single image to reflect the kinds of photography we do.  So eventually after much debate, we usually end up with a collection of images like this one.

Good-Pics-People

New landing page for deCroce people photographers website.

 

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Denver Photography – Legs

A thin layer of clouds softens the sun like a giant soft-box.

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Professional photographers in Denver (like me), sometimes need to just get out and shoot … they need to find inspiration – do what’s called street photography.

Yes, there is something magical about a nicely shaped pair of legs.  And what allows skin to look it’s best, is superb lighting.  In this case, the light source was an overcast sky towards the end of the day.

Professional photography clients often tell me they’re hoping for a sunny bright afternoon for our professional photo-shoot in Denver.  But I want just the reverse.  People photography in Denver or anywhere is best done on a slightly overcast day.  If the day is too grey, the light becomes boring.  And the darkness can cause shadows without details.  But a thin layer of clouds softens the sun like a giant soft-box.  And it’s left to the photographer to see it and capture it.

 

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