Behind every photo, there is a story

Here’s the story behind my favorite Clifford Oto photo.

Graduation at University of the Pacific is Saturday. And often at this time of the year, that event causes me to think back to 2011 when I sat in the stands at Spanos Center to watch my eldest daughter, Devon shown in the above photo, graduate.

I saw Clifford getting photos of the graduation ceremony and later I saw Devon walk in.

Smiles all around for me and my family.

The next day Devon’s photo was in The Sunday Record.

I was surprised to see it.

Devon told me that Clifford approached her during the event and that their conversation went something like this:

“Hi, I’m Clifford Oto with The Record. I got your photo. Could I have your name, please?”

“Uh,” she said, aware of any conflicts of interest. “Devon. D-e-v-o-n”

Clifford scribbled it down. “And the last name?”

“Blount,” she said.

“How do you spell that?” he asked.

“B-l-o-u-n-t,” she said.

His head down, looking at his notepad, Clifford dutifully wrote that down too. Looked at it and then stopped.

“Uh, are you Don’s kid?”

“Yes,” she said.

“Ok, thanks. And congratulations,” he said before heading off.

That photo was published in The Sunday Record.

It’s a great photo and will probably always be my favorite Clifford Oto photo.

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