Traces of my father

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by hodad66, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    shot with a MF cctv Pentax 25mm 1.4 ( hence the
    focus on the beard rather than the eyes) and
    processed in NIK Efex Pro. The older I get the more
    my dad seems to be looking back at me from the mirror

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    Pop in his 40's
     
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  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    I can feel that. Your lucky if your seeing him look back. That's a gift to many look for and never find. Enjoy the blessing and thanks for sharing such a special moment...
    shooter
     
  3. steve

    steve Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    Your dad was Clark Gable?
     
  4. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    classic "glamor" style..... mom too

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  5. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    hodad, thanks for this. Very handsome, the two of you. Old photographs of my family mean a great deal to me, too.

    Steve, it's funny but Errol Flynn went through my mind!

    P.S. Missed your mom's photo...She's a beautiful woman and that photo has lovely color and warmth.
     
  6. ahuyevshi

    ahuyevshi Mu-43 Veteran

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    Great shot.... He doesn't show his age...... Lately I have also been looking for photographs of my parents when they were younger... Sadly to no avail.. cherish these.
     
  7. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    I was born late in their lives so they have been gone
    for some time. Very fond memories of both of them,
    their plumbing business, hanging out with the plumber's
    helper James..... one big bear of a sweet old black man.

    Miami was still pretty small and my family had been there
    for quite awhile. Still remember stories of my maternal
    grandfather selling sandwiches to the soldiers headed to
    Cuba for the Spanish - American war out of a tent.
     
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  8. pete

    pete Mu-43 Regular

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    thanks for sharing bro, I too have been without parents for quite a while and often think of the old days. Thanks for the thought, your folks are just beautiful.

    Pete
     
  9. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    Yes, Pete, my thoughts too.

    To me, one of the most important things about a photograph is its ability to call up a memory. One of the challenges I find about digital is that I rarely print any and I worry about the future...our daughter's memories. When she was a baby and up through being a young child, we always looked at my old albums...and our current ones... The last years it's all digital and rarely printed.

    Didn't mean to derail this hodad...but your photographs have gotten me thinking - that's a good thing.
     
  10. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    not a derail at all but a very valid point.
     
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  11. Herman

    Herman Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Thanks for sharing these shots with us. I love their classic looks. Getting back in time too. So much to remember.
     
  12. Christilou

    Christilou Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I love these too. They have obviously jolted a few of us into remembering the old days. I too have some lovely photos of my parents from the forties and fifties. There was a certain type of film for portraits (black and white) rendering smooth skin tones that made them look very glamorous, like the stars of that era. My children have always loved looking at the old family photos and I too think that it is a real worry that all our family photos with film stopped over ten years ago. Even when they were small I used my OM10 film camera and have a ton of photos stored. How long will it be before these look ancient to their generation? Thanks for sharing your personal memories. My mother has been gone for 23 years now and my dad just two.
     
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  13. Justified_Sinner

    Justified_Sinner Mu-43 Regular

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    Real Name:
    Dauvit Alexander
    Or David Niven!
    Stylish either way.
     
  14. Christilou

    Christilou Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Yes, I thought Errol Flynn at first. You do look very like your dad though, eyes and mouth especially. Looks like you should age well :smile:
     
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  15. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    This thread supports an argument that I have maintained for years.
    The idea is that I feel the most important work any photographer can do is the family album...
    My dad died when I was 6...55 years ago and my mom 4 years ago.....
    Thanks to all of you for sharing on this....
    shooter
     
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  16. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    Hmmmm, all my years in the sun are taking their toll. Just got
    a call the other day that the biopsy of a spot on my temple is
    positive as melanoma. That will be my fifth melanoma along with
    numerous basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas.

    I think of it as a weight loss program... bit by bit.... :rofl:
    So the small hole that I have now will become a football
    shaped incision with numerous stitches.

    I wouldn't change a thing as I loved all my time in the sun and
    sand. Surfing was such a satisfying thrill..... even on a small,
    glassy day.....

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    but thanks for the kind words...... :cool:
     
  17. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    Hodad, you've got a very healthy attitude about your choices in life. I love the water...my best times are in the summer if I can be swimming in the ocean, preferably on the Outer Banks. I hope your melanoma surgery is exact and that it's the last one, too!
     
  18. Christilou

    Christilou Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Well, I've had breast cancer 10 years ago and you just have to get on with life because there is no alternative! Absolutely, get on with enjoying what you do:biggrin: But, I share your concern, its a frightening word.
     
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  19. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    BBW some of my best surf trips were to the outer banks...
    great waves, very powerful and a great place to get away.

    Christilou, my answer was mostly to say that purdy just may
    not be in my future,,,, :)
     
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  20. pete

    pete Mu-43 Regular

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    this was a great thread..thanks again suf dude....and Christi...my hats off to you, my mom and grandfather both had and died from the big C....so glad your doing good. love your attitude.....

    Pete....some good down to earth people here....
     
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