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41/52: The Fleets

By sherlob    
The last couple of months has been particularly challenging to keep this 1/52 project going. I've been dividing my time between home and my Dad's where I was working full time (remotely) and providing care as he progressed through the latter stages of terminal lung cancer. Sadly, on the 17th of this month he passed away leaving a gapping hole where once he was.

This image, number 41 in the series was taken on a brief dog walk from my Dad's house - a welcome hours respite. Over the years photography has become an essential coping mechanism for me to deal with life stresses and strains. It provides an opportunity for me to become absorbed in the moment of composition and camera craft. It's akin to pressing a pause button.

The Fleets is a small lake near Honeywell in Barnsley. I have fond memories of it as a child - albeit these days it has become a polished fishing lake and is a far cry from what I remember. The lake used to serve as the water source for a paper mill that has long since closed (ASDA now stands on where the mill used to be). I recall a time when the water level dropped low enough for a wall that transects the lake to emerge - as I have been sorting through Dad's possessions I found an image of me walking across the wall with my trusty SLR over my shoulder. I'm sure I still have an image that I took that day somewhere in the loft. How times change.

Best wishes,


Tags: Time Barnsley Change Fishing lake Lossiemouth Landscape and travel South yorkshire Fishing pond 1 of 52 project 1 out of 52 project The Fleets

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dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 767 England
25 Oct 2020 8:58PM
Sorry to hear that Adam.
But glad to know photography gets you through.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1840 England
25 Oct 2020 9:18PM
My condolences, Adam. A terrible time, in so many ways: I hope that you were able to provide solace and support, were able to say goodbye properly, and that you can now grieve fully and easily.

It's more than 50 years since my Dad died, and 20 since my Mum departed this life, and I still miss them both: I was unprepared for either.

Take care. Old images are worth looking out, so that you can relive the best days.
peterkin 17 674 England
25 Oct 2020 9:22PM
So sorry to hear of your sad loss. My deepest sympathy.

chris-p Plus
15 75 England
25 Oct 2020 9:27PM
My condolences Adam....
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2020 10:17PM
Photography can help keep our memories, our experiences; it can help to mend the holes in our lives; it can also help keep us sane.
My deepest sympathy in your loss.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
26 Oct 2020 12:36AM
A very lovely image. One to remember those by gone days of before. I am so sorry of your loss. It's hard on us when it happens. I'm glad your passion for photography helps you. Take care Adam.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.8k 75 Norway
26 Oct 2020 8:36AM
So good to hear that your photography was able to provide a kind of mental support in what must have been a very difficult time for you, Adam.
26 Oct 2020 11:59AM
My deepest sympathy for your loss, I hope you have many happy memories. I do think photography does help to relive some of the stress and help get us through difficult times.
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
26 Oct 2020 2:18PM
Our condolences Adam ( we just lost a family member too, 2nd wife to my deceased Father ) Sad times, we also have a funeral tomorrow (Daughters partners Mother SadSadSadSadSad ) seems to be happening everywhere. Keep positive and keep taking them too !!!!
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
26 Oct 2020 3:06PM
My sympathies Adam a tougher time for you in the current climate.

Pleased to see that your Photography plays a big part in your life and relieves lifes stresses and strains...I know exactly where you are coming from.
Gaping holes can never be filled, just patched over.
Stay positive and enjoy your memories.

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