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Redemption

dudler

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Redemption

22 Jun 2021 10:35AM   Views : 314 Unique : 155

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There’s a word that you don’t come across often in the Twenty-First Century… It’s a heavy, heavy-sounding word, and it ought, I feel, to be an important one, because it’s something we all need from time to time.

My Sixties Chambers Dictionary defines it as the act of redeeming, and says that to redeem is to recover or free by payment, to rescue, to claim back. And those words cover a range of emotions, both active and passive: we can redeem others, or redeem ourselves. We can either give someone their freedom back, or we can – by our own actions – make up for some past thing that we regret.

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That could be hard. A random thought about Winston Churchill is that when, after the Dardanelles campaign failed, resigned from the Admiralty to go and serve in France as an infantry officer: an honourable step for a war leader. A willingness to perform humbler and sometimes more dangerous tasks is a mark of a person seeking redemption.

Modern society doesn’t necessarily smile on the idea of redemption. It is something that requires us to allow that people are made in shades of grey rather than black and white, to understand that what was is not the same as what will be. To accept that everyone can change and grow. But that doesn’t feed shouty headlines or snappy tweets, and if we live in a world where everything is distracting and distracted, it may simply be too much to comprehend, sadly…

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Why does any of this matter, especially to photographers? I suppose it’s because of my belief that while the world isn’t necessarily fair, it can be made fairer. And one of the ways that this happens is that we allow people to redeem themselves, and accept that this is not only possible, but desirable. Make no mistake, though – the essential thing for a fairer world is that at least some people are willing to invest time, sometimes money, and (usually) courage in making it so. Things fall apart, and brave people hold them together at personal risk.

[I paused writing for breakfast: and found a message from a model, asking if we could postpone a shoot. I know that some photographers are sniffy about such requests – ‘you have to honour your obligations’ – but as I wish to be pardoned for my forgetfulness and the complications of my life, I’m minded to be similarly forgiving…]

So I shall post this blog today, as I’m not shooting, and will have time to write another one in good time for posting tomorrow.

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1868 England
22 Jun 2021 10:36AM
All models illustrating this blog (Freya, Ashley Ashton222, Eden Elizabeth and Lottii Rose) have been rock-solid in turning up for all bookings I've made. Part of allowing redemption is not to name names where it won't actually help anyone...
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 409
22 Jun 2021 2:45PM
all I can add is Bob Marley's Redemption song...
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1868 England
22 Jun 2021 2:53PM
And that's no bad addition, Pablo! Thank you. I shall play it now.
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2021 5:52PM
Smashing portraits and esp. love the second from top.

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