Bob and me at the first Chillmaster Party (Big thanks to Marty for the photograph)
I met Bob at Ray’s Candy Store on Avenue A. I had read his blog but I didn’t know what he looked like. It wasn’t until Ray said something that I realized he was Bob Arihood of Neither More Nor Less and Nadie Se Conoce. He said he remembered one of my photos of a woman in high heels on EV Grieve. We ended up talking for hours at Ray’s about New York City, people, politics, photography and art. I eventually had to go home and sleep (though I wanted to keep talking) but was elated when I found an email from Bob in my inbox the next day. We emailed back and forth and became fast friends. My favorite memories of Bob are of our walks around the city together. We’d take our cameras out, walk aimlessly around the city and talk about anything and everything that came to mind. I was so lucky to have met Bob and to have such an amazing mentor and friend. Never thought in a million years going for an egg cream at Ray’s could change my life forever. I owe Bob so much. He was always there to lift my spirits and was a champion of my photography, as I was of his. I begged with him to restart Neither More Nor Less and he eventually conceded, though he would often complain. It reminded me that even geniuses and the most amazing people need encouragement and praise. He was one of the nicest and most talented people I have ever met and I did my best to remind him of that. I just wish we had more time together. I’m not really sure what else I can say, I’m still in shock. I could write about our moments together, dissect emails and dig up photos that we took on our walks but as Bob would say: “Whatever.” Bob will be greatly missed by me and countless others. He’s touched so many lives, he will live on in memories and through his photography.
I miss you, Bob.
If you haven’t already, please check out Bob’s photography
Many thanks to Marty/Marty After Dark for the photos of me and Bob.