It's history now

By mrswoolybill
Local historian Jim Standish signing copies of his life's work, watched by his grandchildren.
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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
16 Jan 2013 8:06AM
A fine image, Moira, how proud he must be, and also his grand-children. Carol

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cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
16 Jan 2013 8:14AM
well positioned Smile
16 Jan 2013 8:25AM
Me, me, me too, please!TongueTongueTongueTongueTongueTongue Rich and famous, Moira?!SmileTongue
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
16 Jan 2013 8:26AM
I was with the very man last night. A rtue gentleman and a man of humour and wit. The image does him justice.Jim is also or was an international hockey player.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1916 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 8:26AM

Quote:well positioned

I was photographing the book launch for the Local History Society, so I had freedom of movement.
The book is about the village of Mickley. Jim wrote the first edition many years ago and it's out of print. This is a new much-improved edition, with a lot of new material.
I have another shot from the event to come tomorrow.
Cheers everyone.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 8:30AM
A wonderful image

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1916 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 8:32AM

Quote:A true gentleman and a man of humour and wit. The image does him justice.

He is indeed, Danny. They do exist at this end of the Valley... Wink
Very good capture with good tones

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
16 Jan 2013 9:20AM
Very well composed and exposed. Not easy when that close with flash.

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 9:24AM

Quote:A fine image, Moira, how proud he must be, and also his grand-children. Carol

I couldn't have said it any better Moira.

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 9:27AM
Excellent candid Moira, very nicely composed and it really works well as a mono

16 Jan 2013 9:48AM
An excellent candid b/w, very well taken
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
16 Jan 2013 10:01AM
An excellent study. I like the way he is concentrating on the signing and not the camera
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 10:34AM
beautifully captured historical moment, mono suits so well
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1916 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 10:44AM

Quote:I like the way he is concentrating on the signing and not the camera

This was a busy time, a lot of copies were sold. (There was a typo in the original publicity for the event, it mentioned a free bar - which should have read free buffet. It was corrected, but I think some people went along in hope...)
I was slightly disappointed that the Local History Society used the formal, posed pictures that I took rather than these which I much prefer. I've sat on this for a while, it's quite personal for me.
Thanks again everyone,
Herge88 11 40 4 England
16 Jan 2013 11:43AM
Again mono suits this image well just something ageless aboutn it, if you will excuse the pun.

Best Matt
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
16 Jan 2013 12:27PM
A great shot Moira. Hope he gets a copy.......Sandy
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
16 Jan 2013 12:45PM
This has such depth and empathy toward the subject. I know he, and his family, will love it. Lucky to have his recorded stories and memories.
Tibetan 5 3 England
16 Jan 2013 1:06PM
Excellent portrait shot Moira, you should be pleased with this, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
16 Jan 2013 1:21PM
A moment in time............

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
16 Jan 2013 1:54PM
Beautiful light, beautiful timing, beautiful angle.

A grand moment captured so well, and thoroughly wallworthy just for the image itself.

BRAVO, Moira.

SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
16 Jan 2013 3:14PM
What a lovely thing for an "ordinary" bloke to leave to posterity. Great for his grandchildren. Super photo.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
16 Jan 2013 3:30PM
What a super portrait, Moira, and I bet his grandchildren must be very proud of him Smile
Trev Smile
16 Jan 2013 3:45PM
I love the age difference and the obvious interest the young ones have! It's always great to see generations together.
My musicians were taken before too many beers went in! Don't know whether it would have been better or worse taken later! A fun comment Moira!!!
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 4:22PM
Lovely image.
1881 6 India
16 Jan 2013 6:12PM
good capture.
16 Jan 2013 6:29PM
A lovely shot, and no doubt a wonderful Story behind the Man Moira.

John Smile
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
16 Jan 2013 6:46PM
I've just had time to do a little googling - I wanted to know more about the author/historian, but I'm not finding a whole lot.

I was also reminded when I first saw this of a comment you made on a photo of my uncle and the way he held his pen as he wrote - ever so true: they know how to hold the writing instrument correctly, carefully, respectfully even - one's signature is not something to trifle with.

The grandchildren surrounding him as he signs his work is touching.

AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
16 Jan 2013 7:23PM
Phil_L 9 19 1 Wales
16 Jan 2013 7:24PM
Splendid capture. Natural, relaxed and unobtrusive. An historical document in its own right.
meniko 6 Cyprus
16 Jan 2013 7:47PM
You chose an interesting angle for this portrait
His face is so attractive - would love to see a long shot of it
great job anyway,
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1916 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 8:37PM
Anne has found out what a poss stick is!
Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
16 Jan 2013 8:42PM
I grew up on a farm - when I was little we had no electric and all laundry was done by hand - I cannot even imagine doing this today. My grandmother made her own soap!

Another great site for information
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1916 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 8:51PM

Quote:Possing is an older word than dolly; it means beat down or thrust.

That's interesting. I think of poss as more specifically local, dolly is a standard 19th Century term.
Now progress to the proggy mat ...
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
16 Jan 2013 9:02PM
Moira -- this has so much going for it. We get a sense of how interested the grandchildren are so there is a bit of story telling going on in the image. I also like the fact that the book is clearly visible in your shot -- nice comp.
As usual, you've got a very good conversion to mono.
Suehh 11 39 6 England
16 Jan 2013 9:09PM
Such a lovely shot - I have to agree with everything Walter says - I like this one so very much - sort of history in the making
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 10:33PM
An excellent study.
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
16 Jan 2013 10:50PM
Yes my Grandad had a poss stick & a dolly tub. Dirty collars were rubbed with hard soap on a ribbed board .

A lovely slice of history here Moira . Will be a precious photo for the Grand children I too love using my Fountain pen , but sadly not a book to sign only letters xx
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
16 Jan 2013 11:05PM
Great documentary shot Moira, wonderful use of mono.

RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 11:11PM
An excellent shot for posterity, the perfect moment, of course.
Lets hope that some of Jim's skills have been passed down through the genes and the children will at the very east enjoy reading and maybe even some writing like Granddad.

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
17 Jan 2013 9:10AM
Wonderful framing, a great mono of a precious moment, Moira!
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 1:59PM
Excellent image with all the attention on the pen! IB
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 151 16 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 7:59PM
Great mono image.Smile

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 9:50PM
What a proud moment for all of them, and one that his grandchildren will always remember SmileSmile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
18 Jan 2013 10:36PM
You've captured the moment perfectly Moira, you do this type of photography so well

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