A memoir, "Can I take your picture?"


At 10:31pm Wednesday April 25, 1990 a baby boy was born named Edward Cowling Gregson.


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He was a happy baby.


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He grew up with one brother.


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Robbie Gregson.


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His brother would grow up to be a videographer.


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His dad was a fine artist and historic preservationist (you know, like Ron Swanson).


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His mom was a registrar at the Smithsonian (she worked closely with art handling and travel).


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Together they would make a happy family.



Seasons would change and they would grow older. 


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Growing up,


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he had many passions.


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Focused on business at a young age he started a general store in the family room.


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Business didn't get in the way of his other passions.


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He was a boy scout.



An equestrian.


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String cheese connoisseur. 


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A musician.


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An athlete.


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A robotics team member.


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He loved dance.


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A lot.


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He also enjoyed musical theater and worked at the local dinner theater. Here he is playing Baby John in a production of West Side Story.


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He cared for many pets.


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He was a cat man.


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One of his greatest passions: photography.


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In fact,



You'd rarely ever see him without,


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his camera in tote.


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He was very studious.


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Graduated with honors.


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As SCA president he was also was a featured speaker at graduation. Here's his speech. (it's kind of embarrassing).


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As he got older he would do many fun things.


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Such as work for local LGBT rights organizations,


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as well as work at a salon in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada.


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But what really led him here?


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Thanks to this lady.


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Grandma Tiger.


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Grandma Tiger would tell him stories of traveling the world taking photos, wild nights with Miles Davis, and her budding career in ad industry before she met my grandpa in Chicago. She was an accomplished photographer, printmaker and graphic designer.


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Grandma Tiger grew old and passed away, but something about her charisma and ability to capture the world through her lens stuck with him.



So he packed up all his dancing clothes and headed to Richmond, Virginia to study advertising.


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And he lived happily ever after.

Well, after you contacted him here: gregsone@vcu.edu

or tedgregson90@gmail.com

540-226-9777