Dad was the photographer in our house and I mean steeped in photography ~ not so much obsessed with equipment but a student of the subject.

He was bed bound for the last ten months of his long life in 2010 and it was only then that I started to take a few shots as a way of bringing the natural world that he loved so much into his room.

He had dementia but mercifully he retained the analytical part of his brain and was delighted to be able to advise me about aspects of taking photos.

It was on evenings like this that I would bring down five or six photos for him to critique and he spread them out carefully on his bed and assess each of them like an external examiner. I would wait for his comments like a young student and know that I would get the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth from him. He always believed in being honest when it came to teaching but he always managed to find some redeeming features, to use one of his favourite turns of phrase.

He’s very much on my mind tonight as his 97th  birthday would have been tomorrow (June 10th).

I was looking through some recent shots and wondering which ones I would have brought down to him for our birthday chat. These are the ones that jumped out at me:

Grandson Harry (now 21!)
Birthday Bloom

I’m not a bit sure which one he’d like the best but I know we’d have a good laugh over them as I was put through my paces!



Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

32 thoughts on “Dad”

  1. I believe each one spoke to him and he looked at each one assessing with a critical eye and was very proud of your accomplishment with the camera. We all have a minds eye to be able to see things that made an impression on us throughout our lives..All of them are beautiful in their own right…

  2. They are all beautiful Jean. I’m sure your Dad would be well pleased. Lots of redeeming features. 🙂 I’m partial to action pictures so the swimming dog is my favorite (although Harry is very very handsome 🙂 ) The color and texture of the water is very deep – it says there could be miles of water underneath – for me it represents the superficiality of our conscious life. We are always paddling on the surface, busily going here and going there but only in two dimensions in a medium that has three dimensions. I once saw a young woman with a tattoo of a nuclear submarine on her ankle. When asked why she had the tattoo, she said that it was to remind her of the power that lies deep.

  3. I can imagine your Dad examining the photos, how lovely that he could retain that always, the ability to be analytical…and giving you his loving advice. I love your photography and this collection is no exception. If I HAD to pick one, it would be the first, that stunning poppy. The clarity, the sunlight upon it, the depth of the shot, the fine details and the colours… they all give such an impression of life and promise of all to come in the pods.

  4. They are all lovely but being a Granny to a lovely Grandson
    I think your lovely Dad would love
    them all but maybe linger and flick
    Back to Harry ! What a lovely way to
    Share his birthday

  5. The photos are wonderful and how lovely that you are still seeing your Dad through loving eyes:):)

  6. Wonderful to get a critique from a beloved parent – he must have been tremendously proud of you. (love them all but the poppy especially, for childhood memories of those funny hairy buds)

  7. What a beautiful tribute, Jean! Your father certainly taught you well, judging by these and many others of your lovely photographs. I especially love the one of Harry. xo Nancy

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