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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.

Anne

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
Votes:66

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 9:12 PM

aww Anne this is such a treasure

loving the film edges

Diana

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7396 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom971 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 9:18 PM

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

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 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
Helen

EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard 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 ... !

Ann

bunbeam
bunbeam  8 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2010 - 11:18 PM

you can see the concern on his face, brilliant capture
bunSmile

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104005 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 11:20 PM

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

pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 11:43 PM

That is such a touching picture.

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 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 !!
Mick.

taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 2:25 AM

Poignant!
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

Jennnnn

morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 9:28 AM

Lovely image, the moment captured perfectly.

Hugh

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
23 Jul 2010 - 9:41 AM

poignant image...

MikeA
MikeA  91153 forum posts England
23 Jul 2010 - 10:30 AM

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

MikeA.

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC 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
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 12:38 PM

An excellent portrayal of the emotions of aging.

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54239 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 1:54 PM

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

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
23 Jul 2010 - 2:40 PM

A strong emotional portrait

Peter

scrimmy
scrimmy e2 Member 5365 forum postsscrimmy vcard Scotland5 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 3:50 PM

Beautiful, a photograph to be treasured

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 4:00 PM


Quote: A strong emotional portrait

Peter

I agree.

Albert

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

A touching moment remembered.
Dave

astyag
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.
Astyag

Dave_Holdham
24 Jul 2010 - 9:05 PM

Great presentation and a lovely moment captured

photophantom
25 Jul 2010 - 10:14 AM

excellent work Anne, love it
Dennis

Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 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.
Ron

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2010 - 8:14 PM


Quote: Great presentation and a lovely moment captured

My thoughts too Anne, lovely processing here too,
Geoff.

JimV
JimV e2 Member 8JimV vcard 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
AshTree  41702 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.

Theresa

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 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
TerryMcK  571 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.
Terry

Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard 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

Linda

dawnmichelle
dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
31 Jul 2010 - 4:56 PM

powerful and heart touching image

lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2010 - 8:05 PM

Moving shot. My mother had Alzheimers

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye 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
Rende e2 Member 737 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.
Rende

colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2010 - 9:17 AM

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

brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2010 - 12:18 PM

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

MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2010 - 4:07 PM

Very moving image
Mavis

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2010 - 9:30 PM

A very poignant and thought provoking image

Dave87
Dave87 e2 Member 742 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.

Dave.

DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2010 - 5:58 PM

Very touching. Thanks for sharing.

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