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Struggle to Remember

By AnneWorner  
I'm working through a few film negatives these days. This is one that I would like to have in my PF. I've scanned it, leaving the film edges visible. I've also tried to repair the scratches and dustspots as well as possible - a daunting task as many of you are probably aware of if you have old negatives lying around.

I think this was taken about 2002, shortly before my mother-in-law, Vera, passed away. She had Alzheimers, and at this particular point in time, she could barely string together three words before she lost the thread of her thoughts. That is my husband sitting with her.

Thanks for taking the time to look.


Tags: Woman General Man Old age Portraits and people Wefi

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Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
22 Jul 2010 9:12PM
aww Anne this is such a treasure

loving the film edges


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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1793 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2010 9:18PM
Moment-in-time (snapshot) photography at its best and most poignant.
helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2010 9:19PM
Such a difficult time for her and your husband - one for the album along with hopefully happier times
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
22 Jul 2010 10:40PM
Such a very caring look on your husband's face and in his touch.
Re Scottish weather, you are right about the heavy rain, though where I live, we have been fairly fortunate. Beautiful sunny day today and I think more promised tomorrow. Afraid to mention it, just in case ... !

bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2010 11:18PM
you can see the concern on his face, brilliant capture
cats_123 Plus
13 4.7k 28 Northern Ireland
22 Jul 2010 11:20PM
been there...not nice...brave to take the shot
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1962 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2010 11:43PM
That is such a touching picture.
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
23 Jul 2010 12:08AM
It is a big regret in my life that I no longer have my negatives left.
A treasured memory here Anne !!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
23 Jul 2010 2:25AM
and sharp and well taken/composed--good scan, good color

I can relate--- My mother remained polite, gracious, said all the right things---- usually
and had NO IDEA who she was talking to

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2010 9:28AM
Lovely image, the moment captured perfectly.

pascalg Plus
10 37 France
23 Jul 2010 9:41AM
poignant image...
MikeA 12 1.3k England
23 Jul 2010 10:30AM
You have made a good job with the restoration Anne, Lovely if sad social document.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
23 Jul 2010 12:32PM
What a sad story, Anne, but a very beautifully converted image and very nicely restored.
TrevB Smile
Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
23 Jul 2010 12:38PM
An excellent portrayal of the emotions of aging.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
23 Jul 2010 1:54PM
So caring, and so sad. A poignant reminder of loved ones gone. Nicely done.
jaktis 13 84 Sweden
23 Jul 2010 2:40PM
A strong emotional portrait

scrimmy Plus
9 388 5 Scotland
23 Jul 2010 3:50PM
Beautiful, a photograph to be treasured
fentiger 16 916 24 England
23 Jul 2010 4:00PM

Quote:A strong emotional portrait


I agree.

davidhu 12 19 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2010 8:15PM
A touching moment remembered.
astyag 10 12
23 Jul 2010 9:11PM
Thoughtful, your husband's eyes has a lot to say here. May she RIP and may God bless her.
P.S Thanks for your recent instructions and CCs on panning technique. all the best.
Dave_Holdham 8 4 1 Wales
24 Jul 2010 9:05PM
Great presentation and a lovely moment captured
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
25 Jul 2010 10:14AM
excellent work Anne, love it
Maiwand 10 3 73 England
25 Jul 2010 4:29PM
Alzheimers is a really savage affliction. Took my dear old father-in-law. Lets hope they can soon find something to alleviate it.
25 Jul 2010 8:14PM

Quote:Great presentation and a lovely moment captured

My thoughts too Anne, lovely processing here too,
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
26 Jul 2010 6:21AM
A most poignant image Anne, almost too personal for me, a complete stranger, to comment on, I think you've done excellently in the scanning and whatever touch-up work that was required, stands up well to being viewed large. I'm sure John must love it.
Rgds., Jim
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
26 Jul 2010 9:53PM
This strikes a chord with me, as my mother-in-law, Edie, is 95 and suffering from a form of dementia (not Alzheimers). This captures your husband's love and concern as well as your mother-in-law's struggle to make sense of the moment, such a tender image, very well processed and presented.

Richsr 10 91 223 England
27 Jul 2010 4:12PM
A well captured moment Anne, good to be able to bring them to life in the digital age.
Regards Richard
TerryMcK 9 71 2 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2010 12:31PM
I can relate to many of the above comments ... a poignant picture, sensitively presented & annotated.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2010 12:35PM
so sad - an awful thing to happen to anyone and to the family who are lost and left behind when it does, a very personal image

dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
31 Jul 2010 4:56PM
powerful and heart touching image
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
31 Jul 2010 8:05PM
Moving shot. My mother had Alzheimers
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
1 Aug 2010 2:41PM
How sad, for everyone. You can see it in her eyes. Alzheimers is a dreadful disease. You've captured this perfectly, a very emotional image............Sandy
Rende 10 38 4 Netherlands
1 Aug 2010 10:40PM
Very strong candid with a world of meaning behind it. My wife is just finishing a book about creative projects for people with Alzheimers. It will be out in November.
colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
2 Aug 2010 9:17AM
A wonderful capture of such a poignant moment .... Colin
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2010 12:18PM
So well done Anne, great detail and beautifully captured expressions. A lovely tribute,
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2010 4:07PM
Very moving image
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
11 Aug 2010 9:30PM
A very poignant and thought provoking image
Dave87 Plus
10 42 5 England
16 Aug 2010 8:29PM
Captures that people moment in time superbly Anne. My wife Jenny and I looked after my 80 year old (plus) mother for a number of years and must say they rate in my most difficult times in my life to date. The emptiness in the mothers eyes has been captured superbly and together with the hand contact between your husband and his mother showing the love and understanding works a real treat for me. People photography is a very big subject - here you have captured it so extremely well. Smashing.

DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2010 5:58PM
Very touching. Thanks for sharing.

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