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Shadows Before Ghosts

By LynneJoyce  
Though many of these shots qualify under the 'Saturday Shadows' theme, I'm actually making a point here. Those of you who have read the descriptions with previous uploads will have heard me rant against my most hated photos - 'Me Ats' those oh so popular images of grinning people draped in front of notable landmarks. Well, while I am still averse to that kind of ego photography recent events have forced a rethink.

When Garrath (GarrathE, my husband) was diagnosed with cancer last year I obviously had to face the possibility of losing him and I realised that my aversion to people shots meant that I had very few images of him. Fortunately, with the aid of an excellent surgeon and good hospital care (thank you Mr Steward and the staff of The Yorkshire Clinic) he pulled through, but it was a salutary reminder that disaster could strike at any time.

So to my point. Photography isn't just about technical mastery, perfect composition, winning competitions, peer approval and the like. It is about encapsulating treasured moments, beloved people, friends, pets and the things we hold most dear in images that we can treasure long after the moments and the individuals have gone. I urge you, please, to think of this and take images of those people, things and events before you lose them, preferably not draped in front of some landmark grinning inanely, but doing what they do, being who they are!

So here they are, technically imperfect images of the people (human and otherwise) whom I hold most dear, including the new, slimline version of Garrath. You may not like the images but I do hope that you take the point.

Tags: Photo journalism Pets and captive animals Portraits and people

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marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 8:42AM
A lovely collection Lynne.

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8 Jun 2013 8:48AM
A message to take on board, Lynne.
A set of images to truly treasure - moments to savour.
Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
8 Jun 2013 8:48AM
Point most definitely taken, Lynne, although I was in full agreement with you beforehand anyway GrinGrin

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 8:49AM
I have always thought that way about photography.....
Glad you do now
A really interesting write up.....
We learn new things about each other all the time.
Isn't life just wonderful
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 71 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 8:53AM
You make your point with clarity and force, Lynne, and I am glad to add my voice to yours. The entire set of photos backs you up.
GarrathE 9 4 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 8:59AM
V1 for me, especially as I love the expensive hat that you bought me at the Eco-bar in Alicante.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
8 Jun 2013 9:06AM
You're absolutely right, Lynne: I just wish I had taken more of my parents before I lost them. So I hope folk read your intro and take heed.
Nice to see these shots of your hubby, and as you suggest, not necessarily excellent shots technically, but capturing treasured moments which can be relived down the line.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 9:09AM
Photography is about moments in time. It's amazing to think that out of the thousands of years of human civilization it's only the last few generations that have been able to preserve precious moments like this.
Oh and V1 is very stylish.
My Sentiments exactly Lynne, I like you have gone through a similar experience and I had the time to do something about it, You make your point very well and may I say well written, I hope there are some shots of you also. Memories are moments in time captured forever IF taken. I like the memories the pictures the info the meaning. so glad things worked out ok.
saltireblue Plus
7 7.8k 33 Norway
8 Jun 2013 9:42AM
A very good point put very well, Lynne. Made me think about how few images I have of those close to me.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 10:24AM
Those words mean so much you now is the moment of a memory
and life is so very precious! Enjoy those moments
and these wonderful images of memories...
and never put off today..for tomorrow
SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
8 Jun 2013 10:31AM
Yes, all treasured memories that will fade in the mind but not on the page. Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
8 Jun 2013 10:33AM
A fine collection of sunshine, shadows and snow images here, Lynne! Smile I don't like these 'me at' photos either, but reiterate as said above - when you realise that loved ones are not with you forever, it does make you wish you had more images of them. May you both have many more years together.
Trev Smile
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
8 Jun 2013 10:39AM
well said...surprisingly we don't take enough shots of loved ones (and others) in their natural environment Grin
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
8 Jun 2013 10:55AM
I agree with you and I've been doing the same as I love to look back on my images of people.
I am so glad that Garath is recovering ,and these images are great of him.Smile
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
8 Jun 2013 11:18AM
Very well said in your description.................GrinGrinGrinGrin

More power to your elbow..............GrinGrinGrinGrin
richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
8 Jun 2013 11:29AM
You will have 'hit the nail on the head' with this point for so many photographers, including me!!!!!
Well said!!
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
8 Jun 2013 12:03PM
As I used to say to the Bride and Groom! After the guests have eaten all your food, drunk all your booze, then all you will have left to remember are the photographs of the day! So make the most of the photography for your memories.

Great sentiments and a wonderful set Lynne.


Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
8 Jun 2013 12:47PM
Well put. I agree totally. Now I'll go look at your most important pictures.......Sandy

Loved them all. Now hopefully we will all go make more lasting memories. I will!
8 Jun 2013 1:16PM
A very poignant set Lynne all wonderful memories to treasure. Glad to here your fella is on the mend. Great to see your two lovely dogs. Your point well madeSmile Smile
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
8 Jun 2013 2:35PM
Its about feeling yer spot on

Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 2:59PM
Great collection and beautiful words Lynne - glad to hear Gareth is recovering well. Love the "yellow snow" in v8 and nice to see human and animals who are very dear to you.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 113 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 4:29PM
Before I took up photography as a hobby, it was only people pictures which I took.
Now when we're out for a day, it's surprising how few I take of my husband as I've too busy
taking macro shots of flowers! Point taken and a great set which mean everything to you.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
8 Jun 2013 6:31PM
Some fine photos and sentiments Lynne, this is another interesting and eclectic set that i've enjoyed viewing. V8 made me smile and I like v1 as the lead
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 8:15PM
I did wonder if your husband was into photography as I saw something recently that might have connected the both of you ( must have been here on EPZ ) normally I avoid large amounts of collective photos due to restrictions of time bit you had me intrigued by your intro and I simply had to lookWink a great set and point taken - I actually thought with my recent illness my time had come! Glad you both got through your bad time and as has already been said I hope you have many more happy years to spend togetherSmile
8 10 10 England
8 Jun 2013 9:40PM
Like the pictures - agree with your wise words - and as ever your presentation is second to none.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 11:08PM
You're absolutely right Lynne and we don't think about the fragility of life every day. A set of images to cherish!
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
9 Jun 2013 3:12PM
(since my internet @home is next to useless it took me about 15 attempts to see about half of those.
next attempt tomorrow @work)
and yes what I could see is really brilliant as it is not staged.
Oh yes Lynn, know exactly what you feel like . You see last year when I thought Chris was getting worse again and he had a false diagnostics followed by 3 weeks of drip at home we were just hanging on. And yes, while I hate the narcisitic behaviour you mentioned I can only say never forget your loved ones, the twinkle in the eye you can see even when things are bad.

All the best to you and a very good reminder!!
moiral 7 12 Scotland
9 Jun 2013 7:31PM
Can only echo your sentiments Lynne. When relatives moan at me for taking shots, I tell them I am not taking pics, but making memories. I have done this since my brother died suddenly a good few years ago. I don't often show the relative shots, but I know they are there.
On a more positive note, I am glad that Garrath is now well on the mend. You have got a super collection of memories here WinkGrin. Moira
9 Jun 2013 9:33PM
Beautiful set Lynne. Shame they were prompted by sad events. Glad it worked out well in the end, and I think at some time in our lives we all get a sharp shock to help us get things in perspective (no pun intended). Keep uploading your photos, they are always worth looking at. Don
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2013 1:37PM
V1,3, and 6 are my favorites! Enchanting images... Grin
I am sorry to hear what you have been going through.
Sending you love and blessings
10 Jun 2013 2:40PM
Thank U so much for the UA.

I always think why cancer disease prevails on the face of earth. I will view all the version as soon as I am connected through a broadband services. But I agree with ur sweet & wise thinking.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
10 Jun 2013 4:57PM
VERY well put, Lynne. You are so right and thank you so much for that utterly brilliant point. I need to add something else to your message which would apply to a procrastinator like me ---> never put things off. So not only am I gonna capture and celebrate what and who are still here, but I am gonna start right now and not say "there's always next week".

Love the images you've put with the message too Smile

PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2013 9:50AM
Couldn't agree more. So glad you had a happy outcome. Life is so short we must all grab the moment and live in the 'now'. I suddenly and unexpectedly lost a life long friend recently with whom I shared so much, mountaineering, photography and many many other things. It pulls you up with a jolt. May you have many more happy and healthy years ahead. Onward and upward. paul
xwang 8 56 8
12 Jun 2013 11:56AM
I agree with you Lynne. The main point is that we should take photos for our own selves.. Before I entered the photographic world, eg. web sites, club, or any kind of organization, I was on my own, I took photo for myself, I didn't know much about photography, sort of free. I have to admit that competition makes the sense disappearing and kills individuality... but once we realised it, we should be careful and trying to take photos for ourselves..
GarrathE 9 4 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 9:35PM
Thank you all. It's nice to be able to read this appreciation of Lynne's work and sentiment.
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2013 3:32PM
Great album shots Lynne to be treasured for years to come maybe we all should take a leaf out of your book and look at our own families and take more photo's not for us but our grandchildren to enjoy.

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