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Wednesday, October 26,2011

The bigger picture

A local photography group honors its late leader

by Carlee Schepeler

A Lansing-area photography group
gathered at Perspective2 last Wednesday to pay respects to their former
leader, Brian Knoblock, who died unexpectedly on Oct. 2.


The Mid Michigan Photo Meetup was formed
last November by Knoblock and Mark Chamberlin. The pair met through
Perspective2 owner Lynne Brown.


The group originally planned a memorial
walk around Old Town — one of Knoblock’s favorite things to do — but
postponed it because of rain.


Knoblock, 47, was the owner of Lansing
IT, a consulting firm that works primarily with small businesses. A
master of all things Apple and “i-things,” Knoblock helped Brown with
computer issues a few times per year. They had been friends for over 10
years.


“He had so many dot-coms in his head,”
Brown said. She added that the “photo-geek” side of Knoblock’s
personality had a fascination with legacy equipment, like Polaroids and
old film.


“One of the things he loved best was to teach,” Brown said, looking at a photo of Knoblock teaching a class in her studio.


Knoblock maintained a close relationship
with many of his clients. The Michigan Federation for Children and
Families, which worked with him for over 15 years, posted a tribute on
their website, saying, “Brian did so many things that were thoughtful,
sweet and considerate, not for the recognition or praise but simply
because he had a huge heart.”


“He was such an understated guy,” Brown
continued. “He donated tons of time to animal shelters; he served in
the military. He had been caring for his elderly mother, who had
dementia, for over three years, until she passed away a few months ago.”


Knoblock died of a heart attack. He had been complaining
of stomach pains that afternoon, and his family believes it may have
been related to an abdominal aneurism.


“He sent (the group) an e-mail that morning, and four
hours later he was gone,” Chamberlin said. “It makes you want to live
one day at a time.”


The group meets on the third Wednesday
of each month at Perspective2, 319 E. Grand River Ave. in Lansing. More
information can be found at meetup.com/lansingphoto.

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