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(If youre interested in the accompanying narrative, the images in this series are best viewed in order, 1-5.)

The son stands in the back paddock, inspecting his fathers old Hillman Husky. Since his father passed away, all those years ago, the cars body had rusted largely unnoticed under a canopy of gum trees, whilst birds had nested in the torn padding of the rear seat. How his father had loved tinkering with that car. Hed had a workshop under the house, where a crackling radio spoke to him from far away. Whilst he tinkered, hed hum tunes whose names hed long since forgotten, while his tools hung on painted shadows and old nails waited in jars to one day be straightened.

Theyd spoken once or twice of together restoring the car to its former glory, but had never got around to embarking on the shared project. The son kicks a tyre lightly with lingering regret. He recalls watching his father in his workshop, how his work-thickened fingers would rake through an old frying pan filled with a lifetimes harvest of nuts and bolts, springs and washers, odds and ends. How his searchings left little furrows like a plough turning fertile soil. Sometimes when his father found the right part for the job, hed hold it in his fist and for an instant hed breathe in the smell of a tractor that ran on kerosene or hear the throaty rumble of an old car with leather seats.

Hands in pockets, the son turns and walks purposefully across the paddock back towards his mothers house and makes his way down to his fathers workshop. He rummages around in the lopsided drawers and finally finds what he's searching for a worn copy of the 1956-1965 Hillman Husky Workshop Manual. He smiles as he notices his fathers oily thumbprint on the cover and makes a promise to himself, but mostly to his father, that he really will finally restore that Hillman Husky.

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:Canon EF-S 50mm f/1.4
Recording media:Raw
Title:Memory #4
Username:rosie42 rosie42
Uploaded:23 May 2006 - 1:41 AM
Tags:Car, General
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rosie42
rosie42  10 Australia
23 May 2006 - 1:41 AM

(to be continued)

The fourth in a series of images inspired by the Tasmanian cabinet maker and visual artist Patrick Hall. (Anyone interested in viewing some of his fabulous work may click here.)

All advice, feedback and critique (+/-) welcomed.

Thank you for looking ...

Susie :o)

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martin.w
martin.w e2 Member 12352 forum postsmartin.w vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2006 - 1:44 AM

Wonderful, just for the description alone!

Just been to look at the rest, its a lovely set of images and memories.

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SoupyD
SoupyD  8
23 May 2006 - 1:59 AM

Thanks for this series...it truly is wonderful Smile

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Chocwendy
Chocwendy  8 United Kingdom
23 May 2006 - 2:05 AM

This is the first time i've seen this -what a fantastic story and shot!
Wendy

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david deveson
23 May 2006 - 2:14 AM

Oh dear Susie...now you've really gone and done it...now you have to restore the bloody thing...I would.
David

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Hanners
Hanners e2 Member 8875 forum postsHanners vcard Ireland10 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2006 - 2:56 AM

As I said before, I really love this series.
The story is gripping (we have our vey own "soap" on EPZ), looking forward to the next installment.


CLIX

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10849 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2840 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2006 - 3:05 AM

Im enjoying this series, - well written and shot.

W

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rhion
rhion  1035 forum posts United Kingdom
23 May 2006 - 3:18 AM

A gem of a story there Susie, "a lifetime's harvest of nuts and bolts" - lovely phrase!
Really enjoying these.
R

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2006 - 3:47 AM

Looking forward to each chapter-- a good series! Jennnnnnn

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rosie42
rosie42  10 Australia
23 May 2006 - 4:06 AM

Thank you each for taking the time to view and comment - it's much appreciated ...

Susie :o)

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old timer
old timer  1055 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2006 - 6:34 AM

I've been looking forward every day to your narratives, Susie, and I've never been disappointed. You really have a talent for descriptive writing. Oh yes - and the photo's pretty good too Smile
Jim

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scott_jessuk
23 May 2006 - 8:03 AM

Really nice part of the story, just a pleasure to read. Yet again another good image, like the composition in this one. All i can say is cant wait for the 5th and final part.

scott

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Hawkgenes
Hawkgenes  9 United Kingdom
23 May 2006 - 9:53 AM

Love all of it

Hawk

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kinfatric
kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2006 - 10:47 AM

wonderful description and ' if ' is one of the shortest words in the world but with indefininate endings.

the subjects a bit high in the frame....but then who am I to say.

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rosie42
rosie42  10 Australia
23 May 2006 - 1:50 PM

Thanks so much Jim, Scott and Hawk - very grateful for your valued impressions ...

And Kin - photography's such a subjective thing and your view is as valid as anyone else's ... thank you again for taking an interest in the series.

Susie :o)

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PatrickSmith
23 May 2006 - 7:51 PM

Ah, the grand finale. I was wondering if it still had wheels. It makes you think about how at one time, this car was the pride and joy for someone. And now, here it is.

Can't wait to see what the filters will do for you.

Patrick

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rosie42
rosie42  10 Australia
23 May 2006 - 7:59 PM

Actually no Patrick, DD wheedled an extra post out of me - although I expect he was only being polite lol. (I wasn't intending to post the above shot.) So there'll be a #5 to follow.

Think I'll be waiting awhile for the filters, as I ordered them from your neck of the woods - well from the opposite coast, but still closer to you than me!

Susie :o)

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2006 - 7:59 PM

another great one of this series!

ollie

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Westers
Westers  93905 forum posts Burkina Faso1 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2006 - 10:21 PM

It's a nice series. In this one the composition overall is fine however I'd like to see a little more space above the car and less below it - it's a bit tight above the car.

I did a quick B&W conversion as I think the subject is perfect for both colour and B&W.

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rosie42
rosie42  10 Australia
23 May 2006 - 11:23 PM

Cheers, Ollie ...

Ian - thank you so much for preparing the fabulous b&w mod - I love it! Also really appreciate you providing details of how you achieved the conversion. It's a terrific learning tool for me and I'm very grateful for you having taken the time and trouble ... thank you once again.

Susie :o)

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Chant57
Chant57 e2 Member 8372 forum postsChant57 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2006 - 6:36 AM

Great addition to the series.
C

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rosie42
rosie42  10 Australia
24 May 2006 - 2:10 PM

Thank you for dropping by, Chant ...

Susie :o)

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covey
covey  91672 forum posts Ireland
20 Aug 2006 - 12:31 AM

You've lost your 'other' talent Susie. The narrative is riviting and supported all the way by the great shots.

Personally the FG here is for me irrelevant and I would crop it. But that's just me, and I don't know how the story will evolve !!

T.

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rosie42  10 Australia
20 Aug 2006 - 12:34 AM

Grateful for your considered impressions, Tommie - thank you once again for taking the time to view and comment ...

Susie :o)

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