Burns, the day he dropped out of medical school
and enlisted in the Army, Lexington, Kentucky, 1968
My best friend in college was Jim Burns. We'd known each
other as small boys, then he lived overseas with his family
for fifteen years. Reunited in college, we shared a mutual desire
not to be trapped in school by the Vietnam war draft.
On weekends, then on longer breaks, Jim and I went on wilderness
camping trips. For me they were fresh photographic opportunities.
The freedom of these trips contrasted with the claustrophobia
of college, especially for the strongly independent Jim, who
was in medical school.
One day Jim told me he was dropping out of med school to enlist
in the army - to get both school and the draft off his back.
I gave him a ride to the induction center.
Just before we left I asked him to stand for a portrait, He's
in his backyard. In front of him is a remnant of the pyramid
of snow put there months before by the two of us so we would
have the last snow in Lexington, Kentucky.