Passing through – In memory of Patricia Fogarty

Black And White Photography, Patti, Photography

We will be reposting ALL of Patricia Fogarty’s (aka Patti Kuche) contributions to our site starting with her first that was originally posted on July 7, 2014. There will be six posts per day and these will run through January 15th 2020. We miss you Patti but your images and the indelible mark you left on us will remain forever.

Silver Orbs

It would give me every amount of pleasure to say I picked up the photography bug through the childhood influences of a parent, friend or relative who owned a half decent camera, let alone a dark room or even the tickle of the bug.  Economic circumstances limited my childhood photographic experiences. Film and its development were luxuries, clicks to be taken on special occasions, our family photos almost all a set of poses.  Yet my memories of such photos all belong outside the frame, to events before and after.  How cute we were, sitting on the grass dressed in our Sunday best in the grounds of the hospital where my father took us to visit my sad, unhappy mother.

That was then.  It was also a time when photojournalists sent shots over the wire of hyper-reality, from a man bouncing about on the moon to the burning highways of Vietnam and everything in between.  Every expression, every feeling known to man, woman and child. Photography could be an adventure, a learning experience, a window into life, anything we wanted it to be. I so wanted to be a part of it.

This is now.  After years of recording family adventures, smiles, tears, the whole kit and caboodle on film, I finally moved to digital along with a move from London to New York. Where I knew no-one. Where I now walk the streets shooting people.  Where with my camera I am never lonely.

Through the digital process and accumulation of posts at Nylon Daze I have been so grateful to have connected with so many talented photo-bloggers and I thank Joe from The Visual Chronicle for the invitation to be part of this exciting adventure. With the play of light and shadow, the intriguing visuals of Black & White photography lure us in to absorb and reflect.  To make of it what we will.  To make it our own.

Or so we hope, but then, what is the fun of photography without hope!






9 thoughts on “Passing through – In memory of Patricia Fogarty

    1. When Patti first uploaded her introduction I thought the same thing Mel. I kept rereading it thinking damn I wish I could write like her. I think it was about 6 months after this post went live was when I first met Patti in person at the Columbus Circle Starbucks. We hit it off within the first few minutes of talking and remained friends for years after that. We talked about everything under the sun but one of the things that sticks in my mind and brings a smile to my face was that she must have punched me in the arm about four times. They were good shots too and hurt. The subject of music somehow came up and I had mentioned that I had seen Led Zeppelin four times in concert (she adored Robert Plant). Every time I said Led Zeppelin she punched me in the arm and said “stop get outta here” LOL. Its strange the stages one goes through when a close friend passes away. I was devastated when I heard the news of Patti’s passing and it was my wife Terry who who really was my rock that day. The following day Terry and I probably cried all day (Terry hates Manhattan but most of the time when a trip to the city involved Patti she would come in with me because she adored Patti’s company and sense of humor). Now when I think of something Patti might have said on one of our many photo walks (like her impression of a New York accent) it brings a smile to my face.


    1. Thank you Sue. Patti was a wonderful photographer but to me she was also a very close friend. I miss her dearly. I hope you and your family have a Happy Holiday season and a safe and Happy New Year.

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