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Missed opportunities

Pete > Pete Blog > Missed opportunities
24/08/2012 - 7:30 PM

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A week or so ago one of my old school friends, Mick Fidler died of Liver Cancer. A facebook tribute page has been set up for him and I've been looking through photos I took of him when he played in Sheffield band Artery back in the 80s. I'm so glad I took photos even though not brilliant, they are good memories of him that are touching people who knew him.

But the title of this blog leads me to earlier period of our lives...school. I started photography thanks to Ian Jennett - a school mate who had a Yashica SLR. He took his camera to school and took snaps of the kids in breaktime. Being shy at school I was more interested in photographing landscapes and still lives.

I look back now and he has the more precious photos. My landscapes hold no value whereas his bring back memories and have so much more interest. I saw a set of photos in the gallery today that Moira took of school kids moments after finding out their exam results. These will be cherished moments of the future...landscapes, unless incredibly good or of regions that are completely changed, will still look similar in 50 years and probably won't stir any emotions. I regret not taking my camera to school but fortunately Ian did and we have a few photos to look back on.

Mick is the lad in the middle nearest camera

I have hundreds of rolls of negatives that I don't feel I have any reason to keep. I still don't have the nerve to just wander the streets and photograph people but I'm thinking more that it's something I should start to do.

How do you feel about what you record and the future interest.

Tags: Candid, History, Mick fidler


SlowSong Plus Member 75489 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2012 - 8:44 PM

So true, all of the above. I've no photos of my childhood, youth or family except a couple of old snaps, which is a shame. My grandparents seem to have taken more of their children than my parents took of us, but no mind. They just weren't that sort of people to record things. It's a great shame.

I love this photo. It's so happy. Just mad. The way we used to be. Totally bonkers and fun. And priceless.

I snap people but they're strangers. They might be interesting but they have no meaning. This sort of historic record in worth more than its weight in gold. I don't know the people in this picture but I love them nevertheless for their sheer joy and exhuberance.


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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan Plus Member 1417177 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2012 - 1:14 AM

Quote: How do you feel about what you record and the future interest

It so important, nothing stands still. My father was always taking pictures, then aged 8 my parants divorced,so there was a gap of about 8 years in my life where there is not a single picture of myself or my sisters.

Quote: I still don't have the nerve to just wander the streets and photograph people but I'm thinking more that it's something I should start to do

We were all bought up to be seen and not heard and it was drummed into us around the age of 4 or 5 to never speak to strangers. Its been hard going chasing off that last bit and it took years to get over the shyness on the street those four words left me with.

There was a recent thread on street photography were I talked about street photography being the most basic form of photography, not because its easy, it isn`t, the poster become really quite abusive and could not understand what I was getting at, its about over coming your fears and being like that innocent child again.

There`s a good example here, under the heading "Maintain an Innocent eye" the whole artical is quite an interesting read.


And a Lensculture Audio interview here with Anders Petersen, well worth a listen.


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