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I'm working through a few film negatives these days. This is one that I would like to have in my PF. I've scanned it, leaving the film edges visible. I've also tried to repair the scratches and dustspots as well as possible - a daunting task as many of you are probably aware of if you have old negatives lying around.

I think this was taken about 2002, shortly before my mother-in-law, Vera, passed away. She had Alzheimers, and at this particular point in time, she could barely string together three words before she lost the thread of her thoughts. That is my husband sitting with her.

Thanks for taking the time to look.


Camera:Pentax Optio MX Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Pentax 50mm/1.7
Recording media:Kodak Gold
Title:Struggle to Remember
Username:AnneWorner AnneWorner
Uploaded:22 Jul 2010 - 9:02 PM
Tags:General, Man, Old age, Portraits / people, Wefi, Woman
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Unique Views:93


Diana  82011 forum posts Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 9:12 PM

aww Anne this is such a treasure

loving the film edges


mrswoolybill Critique Team 8707 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1218 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 9:18 PM

Moment-in-time (snapshot) photography at its best and most poignant.

helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 9:19 PM

Such a difficult time for her and your husband - one for the album along with hopefully happier times

EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 10:40 PM

Such a very caring look on your husband's face and in his touch.
Re Scottish weather, you are right about the heavy rain, though where I live, we have been fairly fortunate. Beautiful sunny day today and I think more promised tomorrow. Afraid to mention it, just in case ... !


bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2010 - 11:18 PM

you can see the concern on his face, brilliant capture

cats_123 Plus Member 114341 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 11:20 PM

been there...not nice...brave to take the shot

pamelajean Critique Team 9903 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1720 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 11:43 PM

That is such a touching picture.

mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 12:08 AM

It is a big regret in my life that I no longer have my negatives left.
A treasured memory here Anne !!

taggart Plus Member 1046 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 2:25 AM

and sharp and well taken/composed--good scan, good color

I can relate--- My mother remained polite, gracious, said all the right things---- usually
and had NO IDEA who she was talking to


23 Jul 2010 - 9:28 AM

Lovely image, the moment captured perfectly.


pascalg Plus Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
23 Jul 2010 - 9:41 AM

poignant image...

MikeA  101243 forum posts England
23 Jul 2010 - 10:30 AM

You have made a good job with the restoration Anne, Lovely if sad social document.


TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 12:32 PM

What a sad story, Anne, but a very beautifully converted image and very nicely restored.
TrevB Smile

Joline Plus Member 9Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 12:38 PM

An excellent portrayal of the emotions of aging.

SlowSong Plus Member 65132 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 1:54 PM

So caring, and so sad. A poignant reminder of loved ones gone. Nicely done.

jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
23 Jul 2010 - 2:40 PM

A strong emotional portrait


scrimmy Plus Member 6386 forum postsscrimmy vcard Scotland5 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 3:50 PM

Beautiful, a photograph to be treasured

fentiger Plus Member 14915 forum postsfentiger vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 4:00 PM

Quote: A strong emotional portrait


I agree.


davidhu  9 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 8:15 PM

A touching moment remembered.

astyag  712 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 9:11 PM

Thoughtful, your husband's eyes has a lot to say here. May she RIP and may God bless her.
P.S Thanks for your recent instructions and CCs on panning technique. all the best.

24 Jul 2010 - 9:05 PM

Great presentation and a lovely moment captured

25 Jul 2010 - 10:14 AM

excellent work Anne, love it

Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2010 - 4:29 PM

Alzheimers is a really savage affliction. Took my dear old father-in-law. Lets hope they can soon find something to alleviate it.

25 Jul 2010 - 8:14 PM

Quote: Great presentation and a lovely moment captured

My thoughts too Anne, lovely processing here too,

JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2010 - 6:21 AM

A most poignant image Anne, almost too personal for me, a complete stranger, to comment on, I think you've done excellently in the scanning and whatever touch-up work that was required, stands up well to being viewed large. I'm sure John must love it.
Rgds., Jim

AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2010 - 9:53 PM

This strikes a chord with me, as my mother-in-law, Edie, is 95 and suffering from a form of dementia (not Alzheimers). This captures your husband's love and concern as well as your mother-in-law's struggle to make sense of the moment, such a tender image, very well processed and presented.


Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England215 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2010 - 4:12 PM

A well captured moment Anne, good to be able to bring them to life in the digital age.
Regards Richard

TerryMcK  671 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 12:31 PM

I can relate to many of the above comments ... a poignant picture, sensitively presented & annotated.

Mynett  7142 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 12:35 PM

so sad - an awful thing to happen to anyone and to the family who are lost and left behind when it does, a very personal image


31 Jul 2010 - 4:56 PM

powerful and heart touching image

31 Jul 2010 - 8:05 PM

Moving shot. My mother had Alzheimers

Daisymaye Plus Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2010 - 2:41 PM

How sad, for everyone. You can see it in her eyes. Alzheimers is a dreadful disease. You've captured this perfectly, a very emotional image............Sandy

Rende Plus Member 837 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2010 - 10:40 PM

Very strong candid with a world of meaning behind it. My wife is just finishing a book about creative projects for people with Alzheimers. It will be out in November.

colmar  842 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2010 - 9:17 AM

A wonderful capture of such a poignant moment .... Colin

brownsilent Plus Member 8brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2010 - 12:18 PM

So well done Anne, great detail and beautifully captured expressions. A lovely tribute,

MickyMc  7 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2010 - 4:07 PM

Very moving image

Glostopcat Plus Member 9251 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2010 - 9:30 PM

A very poignant and thought provoking image

Dave87 Plus Member 842 forum postsDave87 vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2010 - 8:29 PM

Captures that people moment in time superbly Anne. My wife Jenny and I looked after my 80 year old (plus) mother for a number of years and must say they rate in my most difficult times in my life to date. The emptiness in the mothers eyes has been captured superbly and together with the hand contact between your husband and his mother showing the love and understanding works a real treat for me. People photography is a very big subject - here you have captured it so extremely well. Smashing.


DRicherby  6269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2010 - 5:58 PM

Very touching. Thanks for sharing.

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