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By Saastad
Not so long ago we could see children play outside. Now the streets are empty. I think things is like in a horror movie.
This will probably be my last photo here on EPZ for a long time. Maybe I post one more in the end of the month.
My membership is going out in the end of this month, and I have decided to take a long break from the site, and photo.
There is several reasons. Health and motivation is some of the reasons.
I will keep my free account here, in case I will come back to you later.
I will wish you all good luck with the photographing, and with your fight agains this virus.
This time I will not answer each one of you, as I use too.
I feel I don't have power to do that at the time.
Just want to say thanks to all that have followed me, vote, comment and awarded my photos. (THANKS!)
Maybe we will see each other again in the future.
I have also a v1 in mono. See what you like best .

All the best from Norway,
Arne SmileSmile

Tags: Children Sepia Black and white Happiness

Voters: mike9005, FotoDen, carol01 and 117 more

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10 Apr 2020 1:36PM
You'll be missed Arne - Look forward to seeing you back agian soon.- take care.

FotoDen 4 7 Germany
10 Apr 2020 1:38PM
All the best to you, Arne. As Spock said: 'Live long and prosper'.
10 Apr 2020 1:46PM
Lovely memory images, lets hope it won't be too long before playgrounds are in use again. You will be missed and hope to see you back. Take care and stay safe.
carol01 8 41
10 Apr 2020 1:47PM
All best wishes to you. Be safe , will miss you as your photos were brilliant.

Take care

Carol xxSmile
bornstupix2 3 111 1 France
10 Apr 2020 1:49PM
best of luck my photo friend....hope all works out for you.....stuart
10 Apr 2020 2:03PM
You have been, you are very positive. I will wait for you back. I wish you overcome problems.

kojack 9 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2020 2:03PM
Excellent set of images like both sepia and mono will miss your photos and comments Arne.

Jeff. Smile
Arne the door is always open - your pholography has been inspirational and warming to the heart .
I sincerely hope your able to dip back into EPZ as and when you can but for sure your health comes first .

Your not far away and always in our thoughts’ve not only become a dear friend but more a very close family member 🤗

Janet & I wish you well stay positive stay safe and be good 👍👍

Kindest regards
Janet & Vince
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2343 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2020 2:15PM
This will return. I hope you do too. Take care, relax. All the best.
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
10 Apr 2020 2:21PM
You will be very much missed here Arne but have a good break and hope you are not away too long. the lead for me.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 17 England
10 Apr 2020 2:22PM
A lovely capture of children once enjoying themselves 👍
Sad to hear you'll be leaving us 🥺 Hope we see you fully back on the site in the not too distant future.
Take care, stay well and have a good Easter,
Trev 😀
10 Apr 2020 2:24PM
echoing others: you and your fine photography will be missed here, Arne
i do believe that staying away will do you good and then one day we will welcome you back
thank you for your friendship and wishing you the best of things
10 Apr 2020 2:40PM
All has been better said above than I could, Arne. We are never alone 🕊
The words below are by Bilbo Baggins as he sets out from Rivendell, perhaps you have seen them?

The Road goes ever on and on,
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say 🕊

In friendship Arne,

Dave 🕊

Love the photos here especially the sepia one. I wonder how long ago it was taken?
adagio Plus
2 3 2 England
10 Apr 2020 2:40PM
All the very best for the future Arne, you will be missed loads as well as your very inspirational photography.

Best Wishes
10 Apr 2020 2:41PM
Looks like great fun !
Have a good Easter in spite of the Virus and hope to see you here soon again! SmileSmileSmile

10 Apr 2020 2:41PM
Take care Arne, hope to see you back again one day when this madness is hopefully over Smile
10 Apr 2020 2:42PM
Excellent photo Arne, lets hope that these images will again be common. You will be missed by for sure, lets hope you return soon so that we can all enjoy your photos. Stay safe and well.

10 Apr 2020 2:51PM
All the best to you, Arne and I really hope to see you uploading again soon!!
Thank you for all of your support and encouragement - it means a lot to me.
Have a good rest, take care and stay safe.

woolybill1 Plus
14 35 76 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2020 3:12PM
My very best wishes to you, Arne. Health and motivation are very important and must come first; leave photography till later. This is a very difficult time for motivation: I find doing nothing very tiring indeed, and I am doing a lot of nothing right now!
I send you my kindest regards and hope to see you back on ephotozine one day.
10 Apr 2020 3:38PM
A wonderful image of these happy children playing, I like the sepia best.
Your photography will be missed.
Take care.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.4k 69 Norway
10 Apr 2020 3:43PM
Det er veldig synd at du føler dette er nødvendig, Arne, men jeg har, som alle de andre her, full forståelse for din beslutningen.
Din helse er viktigst, og hvis du har i tillegg mistet motivasjon for fotografering, så er det også forståelig under de restriktive omstendigheter som rår for tiden.
Skulle du føle for det, så er jeg bare en epost unna...

Jeg ser fram til din retur, når det måte være, og når du føler det er tid...

11 10 10 England
10 Apr 2020 4:08PM
So sorry you will not be around Arne but hope that life will be good for you. Many thanks for support you have given me. And what a joyous photo for today, My very Best Wishes.
10 Apr 2020 4:24PM
Very warm wishes ArneGrinGrin
Interesting image of childhood, will it ever be the same again? Mono version for me.

Keep well, be strong and most. of all, be positive !!

William Grin
waltknox 5 4 Canada
10 Apr 2020 4:57PM
I have enjoyed seeing your fine photography Arne, your beautiful work will be missed. Rest up and do get well my friend. Motivation is difficult when one cannot get out for photo shoots as we normally do.
Thank you for your support it was always appreciated so much. Looking forward to your return one day,
Best regards ,
10 Apr 2020 5:11PM
Dear Arne, for the time that you are away I, like all the above, will miss your cheerful comments and glorious images. However, your health and well being are of the greatest importance so please take care of yourself. With thanks for your encouragement, good cheer and very fine images, Graham. 🙂
SlowSong Plus
12 9.4k 30 England
10 Apr 2020 5:29PM
Wishing you well, Arne. Your images have been a joy to view, and i sincerely hope to see you back soon. Chris
10 Apr 2020 5:42PM
It's a lovely image and very well taken too Arne, hope we can see these kind of scenes again soon everywhere.
Until then we will keep our memories of joy and happiness, aren't we doing this with our photos?
I will leave the light on ...
Tom Walker - Leave a Light On Lyrics (You Tube Music).

RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
10 Apr 2020 5:43PM
Indeed, it will be some time before we such children playing themselves like this.
Sorry to hear why you are resting from the site but I wish you well and hope that you may find it possible to resume at some time.
Take care, and all the very best.
10 Apr 2020 5:53PM
Sorry to hear that Arne. I really enjoyed be in contact with you through this site and through you images. Hope to see you back some day. Take care and wishing you all the best.
Don20 4 5 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2020 6:20PM
Best wishes to you, I will miss your comments/votes
capto Plus
8 6.5k 23 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2020 6:26PM
Come back later refreshed.Smile
10 Apr 2020 6:52PM
A fine memory. Life will return in time - we must be patient.
Take care and come back soon.
Regards David
Mike_Young Plus
14 27 12 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2020 7:49PM
Sorry to read that you are leaving, I do hope you can regain your strength and enthusiasm with time. I have really appreciated your support of my images and will miss your comments. Good luck , with very best wishes Mike.
dimalexa 4 5 Greece
10 Apr 2020 8:03PM
Dear Arne, you and your excellent work, as well as your daily presence and comments, will be missing. I wish you the best, I hope one day to be glad to wellcome you back. Be safe and hopeful, have a Happy Easter!
Waiting for you again,

*** No word about these photos, they are superb and with great meaning!
10 Apr 2020 8:05PM
I am so sorry Arne I will miss you come back soon Lin x
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2020 8:11PM
Wonderful to see the children having such fun Arne... Poignant write up with a very strong message.
Thank you for sharing, Isabel
Thank you for your contibution Arne.
Sincerest best wishes for the future.
Barry NZ
johnke Plus
8 223 16 England
10 Apr 2020 8:56PM
Sad news Arne. concentrate on your health and come back fighting. Stay safe Arne..John
10 Apr 2020 9:14PM
Arne, firstly I would like to thank you most sincerely for your support of my uploads. I am so very sorry you feel that you need to take time out, we will all miss your inspiring images and your kind remarks. I like all of us here wish you health and happiness and can only hope to see your images back on this site in the near future. Do take care of yourself and I wish you and your family all the very best for the future.
I remain your friend
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
10 Apr 2020 9:20PM
Sadly-- You and your images will be missed!
Sending love and LIGHT!
10 Apr 2020 9:27PM
Sorry to hear this Arne.

Stay strong

dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 734 England
10 Apr 2020 9:50PM
We will miss you and yur super images.
I can understand you wanting to take time out but please do visit from time to time.
Yogendra 17 22 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2020 10:28PM
Wonderful shot and a wonderful portfolio you have, thank you for all your great comments & support..

Take Care


10 Apr 2020 11:48PM
Arne, I have so enjoyed your photos...never prolific, always good have a wonderful photographic eye....and as everyone above has seeing that which touched you in my---and all of our photos. You photos will be missed by all of us....and maybe your generous responses to our photos even more.

Take care of yourself, Arne...this is a difficult time. Remember, it is about physical distancing.....not social. We need each other, and never more than in a time like this.

And, the response to your taking leave......well. seems to bring out what a community this is. What a wonderful thing.

I hope for and look forward to your eye and your voice again.

A happy image of better times to depart on Arne. You will be missed but perhaps after a break you will return, I think we are all feeling a bit down with this awful virus, I know I don't have the same motivation these days. Stay safe and well.
BobinAus Plus
5 2 10 Australia
11 Apr 2020 5:10AM
Farewell for now Arne. I will miss both your fine pictures of Norway and your kind comments on my images. Your well being is the most important thing. I hope also that a recovery in your energy and enthusiasm lead you back to E'zine in the not too distant future, if a return feels right for you. Good luck for the future. Warm regards, Bob
11 Apr 2020 8:06AM
Best wishes Arne. Thanks for your support and comments. Hope to see you back here soon.
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2020 8:32AM
Wonderful, Arne. Best wishes to you.

11 Apr 2020 9:01AM
V! for me Arne, will miss your photos & comments, all the best
Hope you return to EPZ
11 Apr 2020 11:11AM
You will be missed and so will your excellent photos - wishing you good luck and good health. Hope to see you on here again in the future
bluesandtwos 11 455 1 England
11 Apr 2020 11:11AM
Stay safe, get well, and hopefully see you back here in the future. Bad times never last forever.
Wishing you all the very best,

helenlinda Plus
13 367 22 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2020 11:44AM
Sad to see you leave, you are always welcome to pop in. No social distancing needed !
11 Apr 2020 1:35PM
Take care, stay safe.
Hope you come back soon.

Best wishes

ColleenA Plus
8 470 7 Australia
11 Apr 2020 1:43PM
A lovely reminder of how life used to be.
It is unnecessary to reply to each comment made on you image each day it’s not expected and most of us don’t have time to check back to see your answer. I think now we are in isolation it’s even more important to carry on with photography and interact with others as without it we can just sit around doing nothing unless we have other hobbies. Even if we can’t get out we all literally have thousands of photos we have never edited or shared. Take care and look after your mental health, don’t let lack of motivation turn into depression.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
11 Apr 2020 2:03PM
How things can change so fast. Who would have thought. Both great images. I just came back from about a 2 year leave. Not sure how long I'll be here. I'm still on a free membership as I haven't decided yet. But it's nice to check in and say hello.
11 Apr 2020 2:36PM
A frame full of fun, Arne.

Those were the days.

clicknimagine Plus
11 744 104 India
11 Apr 2020 3:37PM
I wish the happiness and togetherness will be back very soon...
11 Apr 2020 3:59PM
Photography brings people together and your wonderful images bring people together in admiration of your skill. Thank you. Hope to catch up again in the future but in the meantime, very best wishes and take care.

martin.w Plus
18 602 27 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2020 4:53PM
Good luck and stay well Arne Smile
Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
11 Apr 2020 5:36PM
Thank a lot for all the lovely comments. I appreciate it very much.
Also a very big thanks for both votes and awards you have put on this image.
I will miss the place, But i am sure i do the right thing for me at the moment.
Be careful out there! I will drop by and say hello, and count if everybody is here SmileSmile

Best wishes to you all,
Arne Smile
mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
11 Apr 2020 5:55PM
So sorry you are going to leave us Arne, I do hope that it's not for too long.
I really enjoy and admire your work, you are an excellent photographer and
you will be sadly missed. Very best wishes to you, stay safe and look after yourself.
Till next time.

12 Apr 2020 9:06PM
Look forward to seeing back here, when your time is right.
Stay safe and healthy.

bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
13 Apr 2020 2:27PM
All the best

Fefe Plus
9 54 34 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2020 5:04PM
I hope you decided to come back to EPZ soon Arne.
Happy to make this 100!
Best wishes
davyskid 4 2 Scotland
15 Apr 2020 11:38AM
Two great images sorry to have missed this shot Arne.Take care stay save and hope your health pick's up !!! Davy
gpimages 10 65 2 England
15 Apr 2020 3:47PM
Arne - just catching up on your uploads. So sorry to hear that you are leaving the site. Hope your health situation improves. I will miss your images as you have been a great source of inspiration and motivation for me.

Come back soon Grin

My very best wishes

KingBee Plus
14 548 2 Scotland
17 Apr 2020 11:42AM
Arne, I've only just discovered your marvellous image - I've been off-site myself for a while - and I just wish it were in happier circumstances. It's all been said by others before me: you will be sadly missed, but hope you stay strong, and hope we see you back on site one day soon.

All best wishes for now,
azurak 13 Croatia
18 Apr 2020 7:17AM
Arne, thank you for your support on this site. All the comments show that you are respected as a photographer and even more so as a friend!
Wish you all the best!
viscostatic 14 48 9 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2020 6:56PM
A beautiful image of happier times.

Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
7 Aug 2020 10:10AM

Quote:Wonderful to see the children having such fun Arne... Poignant write up with a very strong message.
Thank you for sharing, Isabel

Happy to see that someone still looking at my photos Smile
And even more happy to receive and award SmileSmile
Thank you so much Isabel!

Arne SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
4 Oct 2020 10:20AM
A very big thanks to Stephen George (babajoshua) for the award!
Much appreciated Smile

Arne SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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