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This is in remembrance of my dad who died a few weeks ago after years of suffering. He was a gifted engineer and his shed was his first love.

I've been photographing his tools and machines this morning, but his work-coat hanging on the back of the door looked so mournful and empty, it sort of summed everything up.

Thank you for looking.

Chris

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:10.0-20.0 mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:11mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/6sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The Empty Shed
Username:SlowSong SlowSong
Uploaded:24 Feb 2011 - 4:30 PM
Tags:General, Interiors, Low light, Portraits / people, Wide angle
Votes:48

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imagio
imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2011 - 4:32 PM

A very poignant image Chris, sorry for your loss...

Bernie

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pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
24 Feb 2011 - 4:34 PM

sorry about your loss...
may seem empty, but the door is opening towards the light

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2011 - 4:36 PM


Quote: Sorry about your loss...
may seem empty, but the door is opening towards the light

What a lovely comment Pascalg. Thank you.

And thank you Bernie.

Chris

Last Modified By SlowSong at 24 Feb 2011 - 4:36 PM

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2011 - 4:37 PM

So sorry to hear your sad news, Chris, but he is in a far better and pain-free place now. A very moving image, his coat hanging on the door speaks a thousand words, very well captured. Carol

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8520 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1088 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2011 - 5:05 PM

I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss, the death of a parent is painful. The coat hanging empty is poignantly symbolic. It reminds me a little of the very moving Whitehall memorial to the women of WW2, clothes hanging empty but with a human imprint very strongly felt.
Moira

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AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2011 - 5:34 PM

Oh Chris, my heart goes out to you, such a very desolate time for you. Your Dad's shed speaks volumes about the man he was - it's clearly been loved and cared for and his personality will have seeped into the furthest corners. You will always be able to 'feel' him here - a reminder of him as strong as any portrait could ever be.

Theresa

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2011 - 6:21 PM

This image will be with you forever
The light on the coat is really evocative...
Thankyou for sharing such a personel image with us
Sorry But I am lost for words x

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2011 - 6:53 PM

My deepest condolences. This photograph speaks volumes.
Bill

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MalcolmM
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24 Feb 2011 - 7:19 PM

Fine & meaningful image...

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RockArea
RockArea e2 Member 8RockArea vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2011 - 7:25 PM

Such a lovely evocative image. The light through the edge of the door seems to say so much in the circumstances.

David

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2011 - 7:43 PM

Thank you all so much for your caring comments. I really appreciate you taking the time to drop by.
Chris

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gary_d
gary_d  7575 forum posts Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2011 - 7:46 PM

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss, Lovely memories in his special place and I hope they become a comfort for you. - gary

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2011 - 7:51 PM

You wishing to keep your dad's tools and clothing, his favorite place, with you forever in the photographs speaks volumns-- and this one, in particular tells of your enduring bond and your willlingness to move on-- Do not worry, he will find you in all sorts of places-- a lovely tribute!

Jennn

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rontear
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24 Feb 2011 - 7:56 PM

Sombre tribute Chris, a sad loss. Ron.

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Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2011 - 8:34 PM

Very evocative and will hopefully bring you beautiful memories

Stephen

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susanbarton
24 Feb 2011 - 8:57 PM

So sorry about your loss but it is good to have the photographic memories, I must say it looks tidier than the average shed!

Susan

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Daisymaye
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24 Feb 2011 - 9:57 PM

I am so sorry about your loss. It's funny, I still have my dad's coat, his glasses and his watch. Just can't bear to get rid of them. They have such meaning. A lovely image to cherish.........Sandy

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2011 - 9:50 AM


Quote: I must say it looks tidier than the average shed!

You should see behind me!! But yes, he did keep everything pristine clean and tidy. Smile

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MickyMc
MickyMc  7 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2011 - 4:57 PM

What a beautiful tribute to your Dad. It will always be lovely for you to see in the future.
Mavis

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2011 - 5:03 PM

Sorry to hear about your dad, Chris Sad A very fine image and tribute to him Smile
Trev Smile

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6142 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2011 - 11:00 AM

sorry to hear of your sad news, It is always the things like this which make the heart ache, the reminders and memories.

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danbrann
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26 Feb 2011 - 11:14 AM

Gosh it is so tidy. Your father must be a great loss but hopefully you will have many happy memories Chris.

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2011 - 1:01 PM

sorry about your loss...
may seem empty, but the door is opening towards the light.My thoughts to take care Lin.

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Suehh
Suehh  739 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2011 - 6:22 PM

Isn't it strange how the tiniest of things evokes such feelings. I am sure your father would be pleased that you are still making good use of his treasured tools and his shed.

This is a nice image - I would like to be in that little shed myself.

Sue

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BreadandShutter

SUCH A LOVELY MEMORY
THANKS FOR SHARING

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videotec
videotec  6 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 - 8:34 AM

So sorry to hear of your sad loss Chris,We have just been through a similar situation.
A fine memory for you to treasure.
Regards
Pete

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28 Feb 2011 - 3:00 PM

Sorry for your loss

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28 Feb 2011 - 4:10 PM

Thank you again everyone for all your good wishes.
Chris

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polly470 e2 Member 525 forum postspolly470 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2011 - 10:13 PM

What is so nice about your work and portfolio is that you have a love for everything around you, and find something in everything to respond to.
P
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leman  3 United States5 Constructive Critique Points
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Brilliant shot of a workroom, makes one wonder... Great compostion, colours and detail. People may be tempted to shoot from outside in, but you have done one better, from inside out, to a slight opening of the door. I really like your take on this.

Leman

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leman  3 United States5 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2011 - 4:54 PM

A great tribute to your Dad. May he rest in peace. Doing a series of his tools - things he loved - will be one of the best things you could do. with sympathy, Leman

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1 Mar 2011 - 10:48 PM

Lovely tribute indeed, and also a fine shot


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Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2011 - 6:52 PM

A beautiful memory that you will have to keep, with many others I am sure, but Chris, no one can beat the memories we hold in our hearts... a wonderful tribute you have given to him today
Lillian

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TerryMcK  671 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2011 - 3:58 PM

A fine tribute, well recorded, Chris.
Terry

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helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2011 - 6:35 PM

A very poignant image Chris.
I remember taking so many photos of Dad's shed, his tools and things around his home, and I'm still uploading them three years on. Special memories
Helen

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Phil-LS
Phil-LS  11632 forum posts United Kingdom
29 Mar 2011 - 3:38 PM

This is a great shot.

Your dad must of meant a lot to you, He has also in a way past his talent on to you for detail. and it's that, that make's this the photo it does.

Phil

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