John Shire began taking informal photos of his friend Guy Wilkins in 2009.
They had much in common. John is a photographer with some 40 years experience and Guy had been painting for at least that many years. They'd hang out in the studio in Wachapreague, trade stories over beers at the Island House, take pictures and talk art--anywhere and everywhere.
In 2011, although he didn't realize it then, John captured Guy's final summer, a last burst of creative passion.
John's photos of Guy are featured in The Beat Goes On a photo flip book compiled by Wilkins' daughter Sarah.