Roy’s love of Asian antiquities.


The Blakey’s, photographed in 1956 Chicago, IL by Roy Blakey

As a show skater, Roy Blakey first worked in the ‘tank show’ at the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago, IL. Roy loves to document gatherings with a self-timer on his camera. He made this amazing image of my mother, B.J. Blakey French, Josie and B.B. Blakey, Marian Blakey Spencer and Roy Blakey standing outside together on the Chicago, IL street. I love this photograph. Time standing still. It seems a reminder for all families to get in a line and document your group! Because the present – you know what they say – is a gift.


Roy Blakey photographed at home in 2014 by Keri Pickett

So Roy first traveled to Thailand traveled to Asia in 1962 where he fell in love with the art and architecture there. Years later, working as a photographer in NYC, he started to return to his favorite place and to buy a keepsake. Can you believe what happened over the years? His love of Asian art now surrounds him in his home. Roy’s love of Asian antiquities is catchy and now I have the same love. Roy first traveled to Burma at worked there for a month with Holiday On Ice. It was the end of 1962 and they spend Christmas and New Year of 1963 there performing on ice.

The crown jewel in Myanmar (Burma) is Schwedagon Pagoda. Here is one of my panoramic images from 1995 in one of the many many side temples at the huge pagoda complex. Seems like I average one trip to Burma every decades. I am thrilled to say that I am on my way again.
Flash forward to 2004 and he and I traveled there together with the journalist Margaret Nelson. I should find some more of the images from that time. Here I am in Bagan.

Keri Pickett in Bagan in 2004.

Keri Pickett in Bagan in 2004.

Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.