In the late 1940s, photographer William Hays photographed his beloved grandfather, Edward “Bud” Hays, at his Boston home.
It’s a classic photo that captured his grandfather’s love of the outdoors and the sense of place that surrounded him.
“He was the quintessential outdoorsman,” Hays said in a 2013 interview with The New York Times.
“And I love him.”
The photograph shows Bud Hays walking into a field on the evening of January 5, 1945, just before his grandson’s birthday.
It shows a wild fire burning near the house.
It was the only time Bud and his family ever got a full day off in the summer.
The photographer, who died in 2014, said he wanted to capture the “wildness” of the place and capture the fires that would burn for two weeks.
“Bud was an amazing man.
He would do anything for anybody,” Haney’s granddaughter, Jessica, told the Times.
Hays is often remembered for his love of nature and the outdoors, and it’s his photograph that captures the spirit of his father.
Hays was born in Boston on February 7, 1885, in the Boston suburb of Northampton.
He went to the University of Massachusetts and taught photography at the Boston Conservatory of Music before graduating in 1913.
He worked as a photographer for newspapers before retiring in 1912.
He died in 1914, aged 62.
Bud Hays and his wife, Mary, in 1945.
Photo: Courtesy of William HaneyHays married Mary E. Houghton in 1918.
The couple lived in Boston for many years, and Hays eventually bought the Boston Post, a local daily newspaper, from publisher James J. “Jim” Buhler.
Hay died in 1955.
In 1946, Hays moved to New York City and took up photography as a hobby.
Haying went on to shoot some of the world’s most famous people, including John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and President Harry Truman.
He also shot the famous photograph of President Harry S. Truman that famously showed Truman’s face and hands with his hands up to the camera lens.HAYS’ FAMILY’S LIFE HAYS HOUGHTON’S PROMISES HIS POSSESSION OF A PHOTO BOOK, THE PHOTO BOOK That same year, the Boston Herald published a photograph of Bud Houghtons house that had previously been featured in a magazine article.
The photo, titled “Buddy Houghston in a Field,” shows Bud standing on a hilltop with a dog, his dog and a cow.
The photograph was published in the February 11, 1947 issue of the Boston Globe.
The article describes Bud as an outdoorsman who loved “the wild, the wild places, the great outdoors.”
“BUD’S CANDIDATE For more than 40 years, the photographer has been a regular at Boston’s Boston Common and its adjacent parks.
HAYSON’S ARTWORK While he has never been in a position to formally compete in an Olympics, Haney has won multiple awards and been featured extensively in the media.
He was also a prolific photographer, capturing thousands of images of the city in the 1920s and 1930s.
In 2012, he was honored by the Boston-based Society of Professional Photographers with its annual Photographic Excellence Award, which was presented by the Society’s President, Robert G. McLean.HOUGHTON HAYTON, the elder Houghson, was a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society and served on the committee that oversaw the preservation of Hays’ photographs.
Houghton died in 2013.