My overriding feelings when I look at the below images of my Dad – is how alive they feel – that may sound strange in view of the circumstances. Despite the fact that my Dad is no longer with us – the images still make his presence seem very real. This was the only occasion on which I took the time to take a proper series of images of my parents. I wish I had taken more, but as my Dad’s condition deteriorated last year this became something that was not necessarily at the forefront of my mind as we spent time together. However these images make me smile too, because they remind me of when he was in a better condition and also remind me of the many tea-times that my parents and I went out for when I went to stay with them (the images were taken on one such occasion). Going out generally became complicated as my Dad’s condition deteriorated – but going for tea at a local garden centre was still possible for some of my visits last year. It was easy to get to and who doesn’t take pleasure from a lovely piece of cake and a nice cup of tea?! The expressions on my Dad’s face also show that typical bemused expression he seemed to carry so often. He also looks like he’s about to come out with some rude comment about what I was doing!
All of the images above help to keep memories alive and to cherish those that we have lost and this is for me one of the beauties of photography – particulary as we get used to the absence of somebody. Of course I won’t forget my Dad nor other loved ones who are no longer with us – but these images provide a focal point for remembering.
In this age of digital photography we tend to keep images tucked away on hard disks or on CDs. Who knows if such media will continue to exist in the future? It is therefore so important to not only take the images but to have them in albums, photo books or framed in some form or fashion. They can bring so much pleasure – not just at sad times – and if they are stored away somewhere we forget about them.
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