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Passing the time

By dudler
My Mum was an inveterate knitter: I still have a couple of sweaters, including the grey one she made for me to wear at school (and which Mrs Dudler hates), and a good few pairs of socks.

I must have used my first tripod for this: possibly, when it was new, in around 1969...

Film Friday is more than an excuse for family pictures...

Tags: Artificial light Slow shutter speed Indoors Portraits and people Trad darkroom Film Friday

Voters: bobpaige1, kuipje, ugly and 36 more

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kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
18 Mar 2016 1:50PM
Hi John. Great picture. It seems that it was my mother, she did the same. Including underwear, which I hated. Very good socks, lasted for many, many years.
Good memories of a past, loving mothers.
Memories of a good past, I can say.
Have a good day, John
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
18 Mar 2016 2:21PM
I love how her hands are going a mile a minute. It's exactly how I've seen people who are good knitters move. I love this, it has such feeling to it. A wonderful moment you captured from back then.
18 Mar 2016 3:31PM
Love the movement in those busy Hands John a great shot of your dear old Mum Smile
I wonder if She'd be any good at knitting pictures together ?

John Smile
Robert51 13 7 126 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2016 4:02PM
A wonderful picture of a very special lady John.

I have uploaded a mod that is just a different take on such a personnal subject. As with such a special subject I have tried to handle the mod with care.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
18 Mar 2016 4:11PM
Thanks, all - ugly and Daisymaye for their UAs, and Robert for an atmospheric mod. This is interesting, as it makes the image more universal: for me, the essence is that it is absolutely locked into a particular room (a late Fifties/early Sixties extension to a 1715 vicarage) with the radiant gas fire, the then-stylish clock, and the hexagonal tiles...

Mind you, if you think she was fast with knitting, you should have seen her on a tennis court... She fractured her femur when she was in her seventies on court - not that she slipped, but misjudged the surface, and did not slip as much as she'd planned. She was back playing within a year or two, and had a game with friends a few days before she died at the age of 82.

Something to live up to...
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
18 Mar 2016 4:31PM
And some further and more photographic thoughts.

I was a bit in two minds about Robert's mod, to be honest. In the end, I concluded that the mod is an improvement for a lot of viewers, and that my desire to keep the background exactly as it is results from nostalgia for the place, as well as love of my Mum. From 8 to 16, that was the room where I watched television, did homework, played board games...

And the mantelpiece, the radiant gas fire, and the clock are part of that, somehow. They may nto be fascinating detail for anyoen else at all.

The thing is - for others, they will probably detract from concentrating on the person, making the mod good, and the picture more about what it needs to be, and less about specific memories. And that's an interesting thought...
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2016 5:38PM
your image is 100% spot on..... for those of us who remember such a thing
also great for the younger ones to see how it was
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
18 Mar 2016 6:28PM
If I knit fast enough it might ruin the shot and he'll go away!
colijohn 10 59 2 Netherlands
18 Mar 2016 6:46PM
Beautiful image. Memories of parents seem to get better and better the older you become.

Thanks for sharing this lovely personal image.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 786 England
18 Mar 2016 10:37PM
Good picture John, it's nice when something like this brings back memories.
While very personal to you I'm sure it also jogs the memories of others about their childhood. I remember my mum doing knitting too.

Thanks for sharing.
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
18 Mar 2016 11:03PM
Beautiful John, class mono.
kaybee Plus
17 7.9k 27 Scotland
19 Mar 2016 7:15AM
God, I can hear my mothers knitting needles clattering away nineteen to the dozen now.
I can also see myself sitting at her feet with a hank of wool looped over my hands as she winds it into a ball before starting another round of clicking and clattering.

I think the background is important - it puts it all into context and time
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
20 Mar 2016 12:29PM
Beautiful portrait John! Love the film grain and tones.
bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
23 Mar 2016 5:45AM
I love imageslike this......a fine portrait of your mom.
I'm still get my socks made bye my mom...and I love pairs of socks.

Many thanks for your valued user award,


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