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Mike and the boys

By dudler
Mike Statham was a lovely bloke. Knew a lot, could make things work, could talk for England - and keep you listening and entertained.

He never refused anybody - so he turned up to do things (like cut the hedge) a week of four after you'd expected. But he came, did the job really well, and charged not a lot.

He died suddenly, over a decade ago. And everybody who knew him misses him. A lot.

Tags: Garden Hedge Black-and-white Portraits and people Trad darkroom transparency film home darkroom

Voters: Mrserenesunrise, pablophotographer, mrswoolybill and 28 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2522 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2017 10:20PM
And thanks to the miracle of photography he lives on.
Strange to think that up to a few generations ago that could never happen to ordinary blokes.
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 23 Canada
19 Apr 2017 11:17PM
So sad. A good man lives on in many people's memories. Nice you thought of him today. What will you do about your hedge now.
20 Apr 2017 5:21AM
He does look a good sort ... and you`ve captured the kindness in those eyes for sure .
cheers walt
SlowSong Plus
13 10.3k 30 England
20 Apr 2017 8:05AM
What a great picture, and one with a story all those still around will remember so clearly. What photography is for. Smile
Robert51 13 7 127 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2017 8:38AM
In a world that only appears to carry bad news all the time people like this are special. Unknown little people that just make your day feel better. The ones that you don't know how much they are missed until their gone.

Now we all feel as we know him a little thanks to you John...

NevJB 7 2 1 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2017 8:46AM
People like Mike are the glue that holds communities together - and he's been preserved on film for all to remember. Well done John Grin

Good pic by the why - gives us a view into his character.
leo_nid 5 12
20 Apr 2017 9:50AM
often as not good men go first
a fine shot and tribute to Mike
and a great title
nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
20 Apr 2017 10:48AM

Quote:He does look a good sort ... and you`ve captured the kindness in those eyes for sure .
cheers walt

I do agree, well done, John. A fine tribute to a good man.
rontear Plus
19 23 9 England
20 Apr 2017 11:39AM
Fond memories John, environmental excellence.
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1933 England
20 Apr 2017 4:44PM
My next task, then, is to take a picture of Dave and Emma, who now do the hedges...

It's great to have a purpose in life!

Thank you, everyone.
20 Apr 2017 4:48PM
You really have captured the mans personality here John, he really does look a great bloke in the picture as I'm sure he was. Smashing to have this picture as a reminder of this wonderful character.

dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 813 England
20 Apr 2017 6:28PM
Well you've captured a very nice portrait of him, which many don't think about until it's too late.

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