“At some point there’s something more than going to work. Even when you love what you do, and I do.” That was Lloyd B. Cunningham, long time Argus Leader photographer, on his very last day of work. Lloyd begins his retirement tomorrow after taking thousands of pics of South Dakota over the past 40 years. By some stroke of luck, I happened to be his last photo assignment. There we were, on the 6th floor deck at Cherapa Place, shooting a pic of me for a feature on next week’s Green Drinks gathering (look for it in Friday’s Argus Leader). He graciously posed for three shots by me–a picture of Lloyd taking my picture.
“Tomorrow morning we leave the same way we showed up 40 years ago,” he told me on the way to the roof, “with all of our belongings in a UHaul trailer.” Lloyd and his wife Linda are moving to Okoboji for the warm months, and will find a winter home somewhere south. I really enjoyed the conversation with him. He’s a truly interesting dude–and sort of South Dakota folklore. The Argus did a great piece on him, and his most famous photos, a couple Sunday’s ago (read it here).
I was impressed by how personal he is while doing his work, and how much he truly seemed to be enjoying it. Even though he took at least 30 shots of me from several different angles–all for one mug shot.
It’s pure coincidence that I became his last assignment, but thanks for the privilege Lloyd. Enjoy the lake.