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On location with Morris

Photographer documents the beauty and warmth of his community

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November 20th, 2014
picture of resident photographer

If at PGA National has a documentary photographer, it’s Morris Glazer. A resident at the Erickson Living community in Palm Beach Gardens since 2003, he’s spent the past several years photographing the lifestyle and spirit of the people who call Devonshire home.

Whether it’s a campus-wide meeting, a special activity, or a Monday evening “Showtime” event featuring live entertainment, Morris and his Nikon are there. 

A Philadelphia native, Morris lived in Southeast Florida for 50 years before moving to Devonshire from Boynton Beach. He retired at 55, played golf, and traveled the world with his wife. A former English major, he also did lots of reading and writing. And he took photos.

“I go far back in photography,” he says. “As a boy, I loved the magic of watching a blank sheet of paper turn into a work of art or a portrait when I had it in the developing fluid. We even made our own pinhole cameras and used them.”

Much later, at the end of WWII, Morris headed Special Services for the Army Air Force bases in Alaska. One base had a photo lab. 

Being a creative thinker, when Morris found a reel of Army movie film, he cut it into small strips and used them to take hundreds of photos with his primitive Argus 35mm still camera. Of course, he developed them himself. 

“It was hands-on and it was fun,” he says. “It kept life in Alaska bearable.”

Telling Devonshire’s story in photos

Morris is known now for his photo collages. He posts them on Devonshire’s bulletin board, and staff posts them online. “I try to capture a happening and tell a story,” he says. Scrolling through the collages on Devonshire’s Facebook page is like perusing a family album. 

Cocktail time finds him soaking up the good fellowship in Churchill Lounge and capturing his neighbors having a good time doing something—dancing or raising their glasses in a toast, for instance. 

“So many wonderful things happen here,” Morris says. “When an outsider looks at my photos, they see how we live.” 

He rarely photographs at Devonshire’s complimentary weekday breakfast buffets, but he’s always there. “It’s one of the finest hours,” he says. “I go to breakfast there and sit with my close friends of ten years. We discuss current events and sports and have a grand old time.”

Morris says taking photos keeps his brain active. And simply put, he enjoys doing it. He writes, some science fiction but mainly his own true stories, for the same reasons.

At a daughter’s request he’s been writing his memories. The more he writes, the more he remembers, and the words just flow out, he says. His two girls have told him that his stories are the best presents ever.

Morris’s creative base is his office/computer room in the den of his sunny first-floor, one-bedroom apartment home. 

Someday, he’d like to photograph a series of older, happy faces. He says Devonshire contributes a great deal to his happiness: Residents and staff form a caring extended family, gourmet meals also provide good nutrition, and the amenities included in Devonshire’s monthly service fee eliminate day-to-day worries.

The maintenance team fixed Morris’s recent plumbing problem the same morning he called about it. When the Florida traffic heats up “in season,” he’ll rely more on the Devonshire transportation service he already uses. “It’s the best,” he says.    

Mostly though, he cherishes his neighbors. When his wife passed away, residents and staff alike rallied to his side. “I’ve made some of the best friendships here I’ve ever had in my life,” Morris says.