Diana Watters, R.I.P.

class=img_thumbleft> As posted at Blotter: "City Pages lost a great friend and contributor when photographer Diana Watters died" on Friday. Her memorial service will be held tomorrow morning. Diana photographed a wedding I attended Friday on a pebble beach near Duluth. She was smiling and looking her beautiful self, but barely said hello, and was missing from the reception. I didn't find out until the next day that she apparently left with her boyfriend feeling very sick. (The groom noticed her hands shaking during the wedding photos.) Diana had been ill for months, friends say, but her death comes as a shock to many of them. I knew her only through work--she was a longtime City Pages photographer --but she struck me as typically unflappable, shooting whatever band she was assigned and making aerial pictures like the one above (click for the whole photo). In recent years she became the trained pilot of a 1940 Piper J3 Cub, and nearly finished a video documentary about people who hunt and collect Lake Superior agates. Her last day was spent on the lake, and behind her camera. Update 6:00 p.m.: Some of Diana Watters's best City Pages photos are here , and you can share your own memories or condolences here .

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