The Empty Shed

By SlowSong
This is in remembrance of my dad who died a few weeks ago after years of suffering. He was a gifted engineer and his shed was his first love.

I've been photographing his tools and machines this morning, but his work-coat hanging on the back of the door looked so mournful and empty, it sort of summed everything up.

Thank you for looking.


Tags: Wide angle General Low light Interiors Portraits and people

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imagio 10 12 1 England
24 Feb 2011 4:32PM
A very poignant image Chris, sorry for your loss...


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24 Feb 2011 4:34PM
sorry about your loss...
may seem empty, but the door is opening towards the light
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
24 Feb 2011 4:36PM

Quote:Sorry about your loss...
may seem empty, but the door is opening towards the light

What a lovely comment Pascalg. Thank you.

And thank you Bernie.

CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
24 Feb 2011 4:37PM
So sorry to hear your sad news, Chris, but he is in a far better and pain-free place now. A very moving image, his coat hanging on the door speaks a thousand words, very well captured. Carol
mrswoolybill Plus
9 986 1501 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2011 5:05PM
I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss, the death of a parent is painful. The coat hanging empty is poignantly symbolic. It reminds me a little of the very moving Whitehall memorial to the women of WW2, clothes hanging empty but with a human imprint very strongly felt.
AshTree 7 1.7k 6 England
24 Feb 2011 5:34PM
Oh Chris, my heart goes out to you, such a very desolate time for you. Your Dad's shed speaks volumes about the man he was - it's clearly been loved and cared for and his personality will have seeped into the furthest corners. You will always be able to 'feel' him here - a reminder of him as strong as any portrait could ever be.

24 Feb 2011 6:21PM
This image will be with you forever
The light on the coat is really evocative...
Thankyou for sharing such a personel image with us
Sorry But I am lost for words x
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2011 6:53PM
My deepest condolences. This photograph speaks volumes.
MalcolmM Plus
11 551 5 Scotland
24 Feb 2011 7:19PM
Fine & meaningful image...
RockArea 10 18 3 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2011 7:25PM
Such a lovely evocative image. The light through the edge of the door seems to say so much in the circumstances.

SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
24 Feb 2011 7:43PM
Thank you all so much for your caring comments. I really appreciate you taking the time to drop by.
gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
24 Feb 2011 7:46PM
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss, Lovely memories in his special place and I hope they become a comfort for you. - gary
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
24 Feb 2011 7:51PM
You wishing to keep your dad's tools and clothing, his favorite place, with you forever in the photographs speaks volumns-- and this one, in particular tells of your enduring bond and your willlingness to move on-- Do not worry, he will find you in all sorts of places-- a lovely tribute!

rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
24 Feb 2011 7:56PM
Sombre tribute Chris, a sad loss. Ron.
Tooth 11 5.8k 227 Ireland
24 Feb 2011 8:34PM
Very evocative and will hopefully bring you beautiful memories

susanbarton 8 11 1 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2011 8:57PM
So sorry about your loss but it is good to have the photographic memories, I must say it looks tidier than the average shed!

Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
24 Feb 2011 9:57PM
I am so sorry about your loss. It's funny, I still have my dad's coat, his glasses and his watch. Just can't bear to get rid of them. They have such meaning. A lovely image to cherish.........Sandy
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
25 Feb 2011 9:50AM

Quote:I must say it looks tidier than the average shed!
You should see behind me!! But yes, he did keep everything pristine clean and tidy. Smile
MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2011 4:57PM
What a beautiful tribute to your Dad. It will always be lovely for you to see in the future.
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
25 Feb 2011 5:03PM
Sorry to hear about your dad, Chris Sad A very fine image and tribute to him Smile
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Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2011 11:00AM
sorry to hear of your sad news, It is always the things like this which make the heart ache, the reminders and memories.
danbrann Plus
12 628 17
26 Feb 2011 11:14AM
Gosh it is so tidy. Your father must be a great loss but hopefully you will have many happy memories Chris.
26 Feb 2011 1:01PM
sorry about your loss...
may seem empty, but the door is opening towards the light.My thoughts to take care Lin.
Suehh 9 39 6 England
27 Feb 2011 6:22PM
Isn't it strange how the tiniest of things evokes such feelings. I am sure your father would be pleased that you are still making good use of his treasured tools and his shed.

This is a nice image - I would like to be in that little shed myself.

28 Feb 2011 7:49AM
videotec 8 8 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 8:34AM
So sorry to hear of your sad loss Chris,We have just been through a similar situation.
A fine memory for you to treasure.
costas Plus
9 1 2 Greece
28 Feb 2011 3:00PM
Sorry for your loss
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
28 Feb 2011 4:10PM
Thank you again everyone for all your good wishes.
polly470 7 25 8 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 10:13PM
What is so nice about your work and portfolio is that you have a love for everything around you, and find something in everything to respond to.
leman 5 5 United States
1 Mar 2011 4:28PM
Brilliant shot of a workroom, makes one wonder... Great compostion, colours and detail. People may be tempted to shoot from outside in, but you have done one better, from inside out, to a slight opening of the door. I really like your take on this.

leman 5 5 United States
1 Mar 2011 4:54PM
A great tribute to your Dad. May he rest in peace. Doing a series of his tools - things he loved - will be one of the best things you could do. with sympathy, Leman
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3534 Canada
1 Mar 2011 10:48PM
Lovely tribute indeed, and also a fine shot

Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2011 6:52PM
A beautiful memory that you will have to keep, with many others I am sure, but Chris, no one can beat the memories we hold in our hearts... a wonderful tribute you have given to him today
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2011 3:58PM
A fine tribute, well recorded, Chris.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2011 6:35PM
A very poignant image Chris.
I remember taking so many photos of Dad's shed, his tools and things around his home, and I'm still uploading them three years on. Special memories
Phil-LS 13 632 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2011 3:38PM
This is a great shot.

Your dad must of meant a lot to you, He has also in a way past his talent on to you for detail. and it's that, that make's this the photo it does.


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