Found out from my friend Archie, a UBC grad that some of my images were published in his alumni publication without credit. Then one of my editor friends said the same thing, “it’s all over the place.” So it has been fun tracking that down and also taking care of copyright issues. All is good and all in honour of one terrific person.
The images are of Milton Wong (some of my favourite headshots | cover shots) taken at his beautiful renovated home in Vancouver. My favourite is the one below taken in front of his awesome kitchen where he would prepare a feast and do lots of philanthropic work on the same night.
I no idea who Milton was but saw bits and pieces in a documentary about his brother and family a few years ago of their tailor shop in Chinatown. I met Milton while doing a covershoot for an article about his leadership. He loved my photos and I printed them up for him as a gift and we struck a friendship.
He was a gift to me. Probably he had no idea that he affirmed me in who I am and in the work I do. I am still discovering some things about him that echo my story about his philosophical journey. I got to have lunches and coffee with him just to talk about art, life, story, and business. I never got to see business side of Milton. I did get to see the man, his passion, and his approach to affecting change. Who would of thought bringing the Dragon Boat festival would bridge cultural barriers while promoting a great cause. My last connect was via email about reading from the same author Robin Sharma. I miss him dearly and I can only think four or five persons that in my first meetings with them, leave such a great impression where generosity and vision ooze from their being.
Anyway, I am dedicating the short film I am directing and producing to him. Stay tuned for details. In the meanwhile, read more about Milton here or donate to the BC Cancer Foundation.