Rick Mercer, Lindy and Noah (Michel Botman Photography, Toronto, November 2011)

It has become a bit of a tradition of the Botman-Amato clan: around Noah’s birthday we try to make it to an RMR taping and shake hands with Rick Mercer.

It is great fun.  We feel like we are “in the know”.  At the end of the show, we spend a few minutes chatting with “our friend”, Rick.  Noah, as usual relax, confident and slightly oblivious, talks to Rick Mercer as he would address any of his school pals.  In fact, Rick Mercer has been very much part of his life since he was a very little boy – Noah being a lot more interested in political satire than in cartoons or hockey.  Rick has always been part of his extended “cultural family”.

Lindy said: “All of his political education has been from RMR and “This hour has 22 minutes.”

“As it should be!” responded Rick Mercer, with both a hint of irony and some visible satisfaction.

To which Noah added: “Ta-daaaa!” opening his arms wide and jumping forward, as would a circus host, followed by Rick Mercer, performing another “Ta-daaa!” with Noah and Lindy laughing hysterically in his arms, as I quickly snapped a shot of this bunch of lefties having fun like kids in a candy store, Noah standing slightly to the left of Rick, physically and politically – I think.

About Michel Botman

Michel Botman was born in Belgium, where visual arts have always flirted with the limits of reality. In the eighties, Michel Botman started exploring the first tools to manipulate images though computers. For about 15 years, Michel Botman worked throughout Europe in the emerging field of Computer Applications for the Graphic Arts. Extensive experience in Digital Imaging allowed Michel to move into the field of computerized systems for Diagnostic Imaging. As VP Sales & Marketing for eSys Medical and later with Eclipsys, Michel Botman always remained dedicated to the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of his career. At the present time, Michel Botman is refocusing his life towards graphic arts. “I studied photography in Europe, but never had time to practice it enough. Life took me on other paths towards computer technologies and running a business. I enjoyed it very much, but I also love art. I always keep my eyes open for exciting opportunities and people that touch my heart.” Michel Botman currently lives between Toronto, Canada and Bangkok, Thailand. Above Gravatar pictures are of Michel Botman and his son Noah Botman.
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