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Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend Rob Maltby were just an ordinary, sweet, gentle young couple in love, who happened to be Goths. A bunch of thugs, who couldn't cope with anyone who wanted to be different, beat them up. Sophie suffered severe head injuries, from which she died.
A Trust has been set up in her memory, to try to increase tolerance of young people's cultures and life-style choices.
This memorial bench is on the seafront at Whitby, spiritual home to all Goths and a rather lovely place to be commemorated. Memorial benches are usually dedicated to loved ones who lived to a ripe old age, enjoying walking and country views in their retirement. I found the mix of tradition and Goth black flowers poignant.
The title is taken from the plaque, see V2.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:28 Mar 2012 - 2:54 PM
Focal Length:35mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
Title:An angel too soon
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:26 Apr 2012 - 8:07 AM
Tags:Photo journalism, Specialist / abstract
Votes:56
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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41050 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 8:13 AM

Your description is perfect, very poignant. We didn't manage to get as far as the West Cliff this time. The black rose is a very apt tribute and your portrayal is very sympathetic.

Dave

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 8:14 AM

A sad and poignant indicment of todays society Moira. Photography is a powerful tool in highlighting these tragedies, a moment to pause.
Ron.

Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 8:17 AM

Dreadful story Moira A very fitting tribute
Alvar

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 8:30 AM

What a tragic story. I like your portrayal Moira.
Ann

franken
franken e2 Member 123127 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 8:42 AM


Quote: Dreadful story Moira A very fitting tribute
Alvar

I agree Moira. This is so sad.

Ken

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
26 Apr 2012 - 8:46 AM

this is moving

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64431 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 8:46 AM

I love the black flower against the colour. A minimal bouquet but powerful nonetheless.
Chris

CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 9:19 AM

Such a tragic story - Carole

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 9:27 AM

How very sad, Moira. Everyone in the world is different, for various reasons, but why should they be penalised for it? A moving tribute. Carol

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1022 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 9:30 AM

Thank you folks. Northumberland is currently making up for two months of drought, so I should actually get some time on the site today!
Moira

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 10:11 AM

Sad story...V3 for me (from a photographic point of view)

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 10:24 AM

What a very sad ending for Sophie but your images are a great tribute to her.
Joan.

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 11:00 AM

Hate crimes of any life style is heinous. V1 is the most moving for me.

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 11:04 AM

A very sad story, Moira, but a fine set of images of this tribute.
Trev Smile

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 11:32 AM

V2 for me Moira the sweeping composition somehow suits goths and their fashion style, Poor Lass to die at her age in such a terrible fashion.
There's some consolation that the people who did this were dealt with, but no consolation for the family and friends of Sophie, the loss would be indescribable. They damaged so many lives with thoughtless actions and their own as well.

Your image is a fine tribute to Sophie and Rob, he has to live with his loss.

Dougie

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 12:00 PM

so sad, makes you wonder what the next generation will be like, you have taken the picture and shown it wellSmile and with tenderness

NobbytheNobster

Very nice set Moira, i remember hearing about this tragedy on the news, such a sad story. It makes me so fearful for my children and makes me paranoid when i hear of similar occurrences where i live.
This is a lovely tribute.
Ricky.

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 1:27 PM

A vignette of today's world--very poignant image!

Good reportage!

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 1:42 PM

Edinburgh is full of benches Moira,for past council members who did sod all for all their years of service there.
A more worthwhile tribute for a bench here in my book.
And I can't think of a better location for such a bench as Whitby !!
A fine set.
Mick.

Sylviwhalley
Sylviwhalley e2 Member 797 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 1:44 PM

Lovely poignant images. Such a sad story, and a great tribute.
Sylvia

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 2:13 PM

A very sad story. Beautiful images to remind us of what happens and what we should try to prevent from ever happening again............Sandy

footloose
footloose  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 2:34 PM

Very sad,I see this bench twice a year when we attend the Goth festival.
Dennis

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 3:54 PM

A fine tribute Moira. I think I have seen similar on this site before and it upsets me just as much now.

nikshot
nikshot  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 4:15 PM

So so sad, what a waste. Thanks for the reminder of the price of intolerance.

Nick

stevesloan
26 Apr 2012 - 5:34 PM

Very sad, very poignant. The flower colour is so right.

Nearly put a similar shot on the site a week ago, a man had drowned assumed by his own hand in a local loch the previous day, like danbrann, it just upset me to look at it. I took the image then thought about sharing it, I'm still undecided.

Intolerance? Seen so much of it experienced some of it, have friends devastated by it, remarkably human failing that we can so easily persuade ourselves that ours with all its faults is the true way and no other.

Steve

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 5:40 PM

Sorry I can't comment Moira, but your images, write up and title have left me speechless.

John.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1022 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 5:43 PM

Thanks again everyone.
I find the story disturbing too, partly because I can imagine it happening again, and anywhere. I'll admit that I didn't recognise Sophie's name at the time. I saw the bench on our way into town, knew that it was something special, and made a detour to photograph it on the way back.
Searching online afterwards I remembered the case immediately. I couldn't see any reference in the articles that I read, but I'm sure I remember that Sophie died because she tried to defend her boyfriend, who was the thugs' main target.
And she was so very young.
Moira

jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 5:45 PM

Very expressive. And a reminder of how bad folk can be.
jon

RockArea
RockArea e2 Member 8RockArea vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 6:01 PM

An excellent set and V1 is so very poignant. A fine tribute, I'd say, but such a shame it's necessary.

David

pdcche
pdcche  4 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2012 - 6:11 PM

Nice set of images for this terrible tragedy.. Peter

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 7:08 PM

So sad Moria, and good of you to research it and bring back to people memories
R.

SueEley
SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 7:18 PM

A terrible story, but I am glad to have heard it. Thank you for giving us this.

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
26 Apr 2012 - 7:47 PM

What a beautiful flower and sad story

Peter

LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2012 - 8:56 PM

'Superb color, tones, processing, details, & artistic composition,' Moira, on these three Images~

~ Peter

reflectionsinlight

the story was on radio 4...mindless violance nice images

SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2012 - 7:39 PM

A very sad story, Moira but a lovely image.
Sandra

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2012 - 8:40 PM

A very poignant tribute to this young couple Moira, I remember reading about this in the news

ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2012 - 5:36 PM

This is too sad. Bah...

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2012 - 8:17 AM

Very shocking, I never heard of the case... How well you paid tribute in your series and description.
Tolerance seems to get forgotten society tolerates outrageous violence and starts to find excuses but sadly can"t deal with those that are peaceful and different.

brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 10:26 PM

A sad story, and unfortunatly not the only one to be told. this is a lovely tribute, the dark flower against the green bench looks pretty.
Johanna

gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 11:03 PM

Moira,
This is so heartbreaking. This image is a touching tribute. Thank you for including the words which must be shared.
-=\Walter

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