Author Photo, Photographer, J.R. Blackwell

I’ll Die When I’m Done is a portrait of novelist Tee Morris. The title is taken from the song “Crazy”.

My heroes had the heart
To lose their lives out on a limb
And all I remember
Is thinking, I want to be like them

Ever since I was little
Ever since I was little
It looked like fun
And it’s no coincidence I’ve come
And I can die when I’m done

This title reminded me of Tee because of his persitance in following his dream. It’s something I identify with strongly. I have been following my own dreams for years, and I suspect that no matter how much success I have, or don’t have, in following my dreams, I will not stop on this journey, not until I’m dead. I’ll die when I’m done. Or, rather, I’ll only be done with my dreams when I die.

When people see Tee, I suspect they see him as  a kind, friendly soul, always ready to lend a helping hand. And that’s true. But there is another side too, the side that is determined, tenacious and utterly serious. He’s not going to let go, not for anyone or anything. He’ll die when he’s done.

I wanted people to see that. To see this side of Tee that isn’t obvious but is completely true.