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Finding Memories #3

By rosie42  
~ Gudrun ~

If it hadn’t been for Gudrun’s old jeans, she wouldn’t be here today.

It was the 1960s and German-born Gudrun, her master mariner husband and pet dog set off from the Baltic coast to sail around the world in their custom-built ten-metre yacht, but en route they encountered a cyclone which saw them fighting to keep their boat afloat for 11 interminable days.

“It was a really bad one,” she says. “We noticed the boat was leaking. We knew we were in trouble. My husband said, ‘Look, we’re not in the shipping route. It’s probably going to end up that we’re going to go down and that we’re going to die. So are you prepared for that?’”

Hours after firing their final flare, an 80,000 tonne tanker reached their stricken yacht, the ship’s bosun’s ladder swinging uncontrolled over the dark ocean. Gudrun’s leap of faith paid off, but the yacht’s mast snagged her jeans and tore them from her body. She was now dangling from the pitching tanker in her underwear!

“We stood on the ship's deck watching our boat disappear in the night; all our belongings, no time to rescue anything,” she says. “But if it wasn’t for those old jeans, I wouldn’t be here today! It was actually the adventure of a lifetime. It’s not always about making it, is it?”


This series features people who have made Tasmania their home since moving from far flung places, each a stranger to me until the day we met to make the images. Each shared with me an amazing life story and it's been an absolute pleasure to spend time listening to their memories, some of which accompany the images here.

Finding Memories #1
Finding Memories #2
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Finding Memories #5
Finding Memories #6
Finding Memories #7
Finding Memories #8
Finding Memories #9
Finding Memories #10
Finding Memories #11
Finding Memories #12
Finding Memories #13
Finding Memories #14

The images are deliberately unconstructed and rely solely on available light.

Thank you for looking - all feedback (+/-) gratefully received ...

Susie :o)

Tags: Traditional darkroom Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: helenlinda, User_Removed, MediumSizeUnavailable and 23 more

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helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2008 8:18AM
Very interesting series Susie
Hope you find many more

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13 Jan 2008 8:26AM
Just had a read/look through these latest uploads Susie. A very interesting and useful project. Love the stories behind the faces. Looking forward to more. As a photo I like it's ad-rem character, and the patterns in her blouse and in the sofa make it perfect for b&w
luxaeternam 12 21 1
13 Jan 2008 8:40AM
Lovely picture, full of details and patterns. I think this is a wonderful project.
13 21 6 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2008 9:23AM
Enjoyed reading this and nice to see some of your work again.

rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
13 Jan 2008 10:18AM
Fascinating stories and great portraits Susie. Extraordinary circumstances. Could well translate to book form. Ron.
motoads 12 14 Australia
13 Jan 2008 12:30PM
love this shot... great texture and tone from the hair, top and furniture!

she sounds like a real daredevil :o)

sounds like her mantra may be, "any day above ground is a good day"?

great series susie, ads :o)
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4052 Canada
13 Jan 2008 8:26PM
Nice series.

rosie42 15 7 Australia
15 Jan 2008 7:29AM
Thank you Helen, Koen, Lucy, Pooch, Ron, Ads and Willie - it's good of you to each view and comment!

Susie :o)
John_Humphreys 14 69 2 Ireland
18 Jan 2008 9:46PM
A very nice portrait and Gudrun's story is truly amazing. John
rosie42 15 7 Australia
19 Jan 2008 3:24AM
I appreciate your interest, John - thank you once again...

Susie :o)
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
2 Feb 2008 9:12PM
great image and story

cheers for sharing
rosie42 15 7 Australia
4 Feb 2008 11:21AM
Grateful for your visit, Ollie - thank you...

Susie :o)
17 Jul 2008 10:58AM
Amazing story
rosie42 15 7 Australia
17 Jul 2008 1:42PM
Isn't it just! Thank you for dropping by Ken...

Susie :o)

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