I just heard via Facebook that Thomas Sullivan died this week, Wednesday, June 24. He was 63. A New Jersey native, Tom enjoyed street photography in NYC and Philadelphia, and he was good at it. I wrote on his Facebook page that he had "an eye for the offbeat, that sidelong glimpse of humanity that reveals empathetic interest but was never exploitative." Tom left no portfolio here on photo.net, but you can view his work on his website: http://tssullivan.net/. I particularly like the section titled "In Between Moments", and those in a similar style elsewhere in his portfolio. His strength was not in the direct, confrontational or unblinking style -- although you can see from reactions to those types of photos in his portfolio that he must have conveyed a sense of empathy and warm connection -- but in recognizing abstractions, movement, graphic appeal and the human dance. He painted with motion blur in a way that looks like music sounds. These are the photos of a man who loved his fellow human beings just as they were in that moment. If I'm recalling correctly Tom retired only a year or so ago. He occasionally mentioned some health problems but didn't belabor the issue. Mostly he posted about music on Facebook, and the occasional amusing bit of news or humor from the internet. In one of his last Facebook updates, on May 30, he wrote: "Ya know what the best thing is about being retired? I'm finally getting those 7 day week ends I dreamed of." Tom is one of those folks I've "met" online and chattered with for years whom I wish I'd met in meatspace. From his Facebook page Friday, updated by his family: "Tom is survived by two children, Christine Sullivan and Ian (Diane Moore) Sullivan; his father, John Sullivan; his brother, David Sullivan and four grandchildren. Visitation will be Thursday 6-7 pm at Norton Funeral Home 1232 S. Black Horse Pike, Williamstown, where service will begin at 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to International Center of Photography 1133 6th Avenue, New York, New York, 10036"