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My father in hospital after a major stroke, If you are going to comment please do not do it emotionally this is real life at its rawest and although he cannot speak he knew what I was doing.
A very good photo. I hope you do more of these you have executed it very well.
Not an easy subject when it includes your own and its well taken.
Is there a B+W version ?.....not that your picture lacks impact, but i would love to see.
Did some in b&w but have to wait for the film to be done Costas.
I was thinking b/w too and would be interested in seeing one but I think the subdued colour works very well here. I wonder if in B/W you'd lose the skin paleness which I think is important.
difficult not to be emotional, but alternatively I like the hand written note on the board that says `Bedrest'...as if he was going anywhere else soon ..very brave photography...
Best wishes and a good recovery also a reminder about stress and high blood pressure, never mind the b+w has enough impact as it is.
The topic chosen is a rare one.
I salute your very brave decision to capture this moment and show it here. All the best.
Aesthetically I like the contrast of the white side of the picture on the left (denoted by the pillow and the bedlinen) with the black side of the picture on the right (denoted by the chair), the presence and the absence.
Just like my dad last year. A beautifully sympathetic picture. All the detail is there, but the emotion too.
A life image indeed Paul, very important memory too.
Lost two of my best friends in this way during the past year. The third now resides in a local nurishing home and I find it hard to visit.
Sorry to hear that Dave, it's not easy I know.
Quote: Lost two of my best friends in this way during the past year. The third now resides in a local nurshing home and I find it hard to visit.
It is a behaviour that doesn't surprise me as I have witnessed it in similar situations. Recently, I was told of an experience witnessed at a care home, where two elderly female friends met. During the separation, at the end of the visit, the lady left behind looked aware it may had been the last time. I was told though she looked jolly having seen her friend. I can't think of anyone being sad for meeting friends.
Hard to choose words for this.
Im seeing a brilliant and sympathetic image , the stroke , the inane t.v lottery and the empty chair , by accident or design a classic narrative and juxtaposition.
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I think this is a very important topic - and a very brave and well executed image.
I've cared for many stroke victims in the past and the isolation that a stroke brings through a reduced ability/inability to communicate can be devastating to all concerned. I think this image conveys this in the lack of eye contact. The juxtaposition Dave refers to is spot on.
I hope you don't mind the following link - but I think this offers an apt opportunity to remind people: how to spot a stroke FAST
I hope your Dad makes swift progress in his recovery.
Thanks Adam, glad you put the link up.
In reply to pablophotographer’s comment above I would like to add - to find it hard to visit - does not mean we do not visit our friend but it saddens my wife and I to see her in that way.
Hope this clarifies the situation.
indeed life at it's rawest, my mother suffered a stroke in March and I do not think I could have taking this even if it occurred to me. I am glad to report she is now back at home. I wish your father all the best.
Good documentary. Hats off!
I wish your Dad all the best and your family but I really think this should be private.Just my opinion.
Paul.....this is a touching image, especially given your personal connection
i have contact (limited) with people who have experienced strokes
the inclusion of the empty chair creates a powerful image
my best wishes to your father and yourself
People photography of this standard is priceless.
I salute your courage in posting this priceless image - having gone through this with my Mum, but after 6 weeks rehabilitation, the paralysis incurred was healed - have faith and I wish your Dad very very well ... Carol
Your Father will never be alone while you have breath in your body. I lost me Dad with a stroke twenty years ago, in fact he had Five Strokes in all over five years, along with cancer. Each stroke took another part of him away from us, his eye sight was first, which did return in time, thank goodness and each attack effected different areas of the brain but he was still walking around the ward the night before his final attack of this silent enemy. At this time I was a nurse and worked in Stroke Rehab - My Dad was a fighter and he never let it get the better of him. I can see in this powerful image that your Dad will fight this and he will recover with the help of your love and strength.
On a more personal level, this image was so well timed for me to find. I am not allowed to tell anyone in my family this, but I will take the chance of telling my news, on the basis of no one in my family knows I am on here or are even interested in photography, so I think I am safe to tell all.
I have in the past hour just received the most amazing news a parent can hear and that is that I am about to become a Grandmother. My youngest son phoned to give me this amazing news on my 29th wedding anniversary, but he had no idea of the timing.
My reason for saying this is that when I was told I wanted to tell my Dad this news and then I saw your image. I think that in a way was him telling me to get my life in order, sort my own health out and look forward to the future and not dwell on the past disappointments which I have been doing a lot recently. Life is precious and we can all read a powerful meaning to your very sad situation.
Thank you for sharing and changing my mind set!!
I want to wish you, your Dad and your family all the best for the future, because I believe you will all fight this together.
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Tom I was a news photographer for 6 years, if my editor wanted this image I would have no choice but to to do it, you see far worse than this in real news mags I promise you.
Thanks for the award Sherlob.
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