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Memory #4

By rosie42  
(If youre interested in the accompanying narrative, the images in this series are best viewed in order, 1-5.)

The son stands in the back paddock, inspecting his fathers old Hillman Husky. Since his father passed away, all those years ago, the cars body had rusted largely unnoticed under a canopy of gum trees, whilst birds had nested in the torn padding of the rear seat. How his father had loved tinkering with that car. Hed had a workshop under the house, where a crackling radio spoke to him from far away. Whilst he tinkered, hed hum tunes whose names hed long since forgotten, while his tools hung on painted shadows and old nails waited in jars to one day be straightened.

Theyd spoken once or twice of together restoring the car to its former glory, but had never got around to embarking on the shared project. The son kicks a tyre lightly with lingering regret. He recalls watching his father in his workshop, how his work-thickened fingers would rake through an old frying pan filled with a lifetimes harvest of nuts and bolts, springs and washers, odds and ends. How his searchings left little furrows like a plough turning fertile soil. Sometimes when his father found the right part for the job, hed hold it in his fist and for an instant hed breathe in the smell of a tractor that ran on kerosene or hear the throaty rumble of an old car with leather seats.

Hands in pockets, the son turns and walks purposefully across the paddock back towards his mothers house and makes his way down to his fathers workshop. He rummages around in the lopsided drawers and finally finds what he's searching for a worn copy of the 1956-1965 Hillman Husky Workshop Manual. He smiles as he notices his fathers oily thumbprint on the cover and makes a promise to himself, but mostly to his father, that he really will finally restore that Hillman Husky.

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rosie42 13 7 Australia
23 May 2006 1:41AM
(to be continued)

The fourth in a series of images inspired by the Tasmanian cabinet maker and visual artist Patrick Hall. (Anyone interested in viewing some of his fabulous work may click here .)

All advice, feedback and critique (+/-) welcomed.

Thank you for looking ...

Susie :o)

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martin.w 16 519 22 United Kingdom
23 May 2006 1:44AM
Wonderful, just for the description alone!

Just been to look at the rest, its a lovely set of images and memories.
SoupyD 12
23 May 2006 1:59AM
Thanks for this truly is wonderful Smile
Chocwendy 12 8 United Kingdom
23 May 2006 2:05AM
This is the first time i've seen this -what a fantastic story and shot!
david deveson 13 62 2 Italy
23 May 2006 2:14AM
Oh dear you've really gone and done you have to restore the bloody thing...I would.
Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
23 May 2006 2:56AM
As I said before, I really love this series.
The story is gripping (we have our vey own "soap" on EPZ), looking forward to the next installment.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
23 May 2006 3:05AM
Im enjoying this series, - well written and shot.

rhion 14 35 United Kingdom
23 May 2006 3:18AM
A gem of a story there Susie, "a lifetime's harvest of nuts and bolts" - lovely phrase!
Really enjoying these.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
23 May 2006 3:47AM
Looking forward to each chapter-- a good series! Jennnnnnn
rosie42 13 7 Australia
23 May 2006 4:06AM
Thank you each for taking the time to view and comment - it's much appreciated ...

Susie :o)
old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
23 May 2006 6:34AM
I've been looking forward every day to your narratives, Susie, and I've never been disappointed. You really have a talent for descriptive writing. Oh yes - and the photo's pretty good too Smile
scott_jessuk 12 249 1 Scotland
23 May 2006 8:03AM
Really nice part of the story, just a pleasure to read. Yet again another good image, like the composition in this one. All i can say is cant wait for the 5th and final part.

Hawkgenes 13 10 United Kingdom
23 May 2006 9:53AM
Love all of it

kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
23 May 2006 10:47AM
wonderful description and ' if ' is one of the shortest words in the world but with indefininate endings.

the subjects a bit high in the frame....but then who am I to say.
rosie42 13 7 Australia
23 May 2006 1:50PM
Thanks so much Jim, Scott and Hawk - very grateful for your valued impressions ...

And Kin - photography's such a subjective thing and your view is as valid as anyone else's ... thank you again for taking an interest in the series.

Susie :o)
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
23 May 2006 7:51PM
Ah, the grand finale. I was wondering if it still had wheels. It makes you think about how at one time, this car was the pride and joy for someone. And now, here it is.

Can't wait to see what the filters will do for you.

rosie42 13 7 Australia
23 May 2006 7:59PM
Actually no Patrick, DD wheedled an extra post out of me - although I expect he was only being polite lol. (I wasn't intending to post the above shot.) So there'll be a #5 to follow.

Think I'll be waiting awhile for the filters, as I ordered them from your neck of the woods - well from the opposite coast, but still closer to you than me!

Susie :o)
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
23 May 2006 7:59PM
another great one of this series!

Westers 13 3.9k 1 Burkina Faso
23 May 2006 10:21PM
It's a nice series. In this one the composition overall is fine however I'd like to see a little more space above the car and less below it - it's a bit tight above the car.

I did a quick B&W conversion as I think the subject is perfect for both colour and B&W.
rosie42 13 7 Australia
23 May 2006 11:23PM
Cheers, Ollie ...

Ian - thank you so much for preparing the fabulous b&w mod - I love it! Also really appreciate you providing details of how you achieved the conversion. It's a terrific learning tool for me and I'm very grateful for you having taken the time and trouble ... thank you once again.

Susie :o)
Chant57 Plus
12 395 3 United Kingdom
24 May 2006 6:36AM
Great addition to the series.
rosie42 13 7 Australia
24 May 2006 2:10PM
Thank you for dropping by, Chant ...

Susie :o)
covey 13 1.7k Ireland
20 Aug 2006 12:31AM
You've lost your 'other' talent Susie. The narrative is riviting and supported all the way by the great shots.

Personally the FG here is for me irrelevant and I would crop it. But that's just me, and I don't know how the story will evolve !!

rosie42 13 7 Australia
20 Aug 2006 12:34AM
Grateful for your considered impressions, Tommie - thank you once again for taking the time to view and comment ...

Susie :o)

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