Back when I was still impressionable, optimistic and idealistic, I came across a set of outdated Lord of The Rings calendars by The Hildebrandt Brothers. The paintings envisioned worlds I had only imagined, and the H-Bros became my new heroes.
In time I discovered and developed a special love for the paintings of John Howe, Michael Hague and others that helped me visualize the Tolkien universe.
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After living with some version of Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings within my reach for most of my life, I now photograph action figures based on the movies, while thinking about the calendars I loved as a child and the books I consumed as a young man.
Whatever it was about the characters and the story that drew me in, way back then, still seems relevant today. And more urgent.