stories and illustration

Old Photographs

I seem to have been presented with some new elements by WordPress which I certainly didn’t mean to ask for. I like everything staying the same! How do I get back to my old trusty way of doing things? (Oh go on, read the book, not just the first two chapters). I spent yesterday looking through a chest of papers that I haven’t seen for about ten years, and I find photographs from long ago. Two things I thought I had lost in transit: a photograph of Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes, taken by a photographer who worked for Faber and who gave me this copy as a present, which photograph somehow seems to have detached itself from its frame; and a photograph of myself, my grandfather, my grandmother, mother, father and little brother in romper suit in the porch of a faraway house near Chailey Common, a photograph I included in a painting but then could not find as I gave it to someone to look at and now don’t know where it is; this is a near equivalent, taken at more or less the same moment, it has always meant a lot to me, I am the little girl half-leaning against my Granny’s skirts. I also found a box of slides from 1984 which I have never seen before. And there is a letter to my mother which I cannot remember writing, saying how my young son used to call Sigmund Freud Sycamore Fraud. I never throw anything away. I don’t know why the old photograph means so much to me, it is imprinted in my heart. I look a tad dour, all the same, and was even more morose in the photograph I used for the painting. The painting is about the people in the photograph. A bientot.

September 14, 2019 - Posted by | Art, Painting, Photography | , , ,


  1. What a wonderful painting!


    Comment by Tokens of Companionship | September 15, 2019 | Reply

    • I have it on the wall of my studio, though most of the small octagonal space is covered with other things. I would not sell this painting, as I was just finishing it when my mother, at the age of 92, died quite suddenly. I have a picture of her looking very happy with her three great children taken just the week before, and she had a friend to tea the day before, so she kept going until the very peaceful end. I am glad you like the painting, thank you so much.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | September 15, 2019 | Reply

  2. What a lovely family photo and how nice to have included a version as a painting!

    With regard to WordPress, there are ways back to the old. Whilst in the Reader click on ‘My Sites’ next to the Reader icon at top left. Then click on ‘WP Admin’ bottom left. This will take you back to the original dashboard and method of posting, and so on.

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    Comment by Meanderer | September 15, 2019 | Reply

    • I have followed your advice with regard to WordPress and everything has more or less gone back to me being able to manage the imagery and words, so thank you!

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | September 17, 2019 | Reply

      • You’re welcome! When I’ve been away from WP for a while there’s a slight panic that things aren’t as they were. I’m grateful to them for keeping the old system there.


        Comment by Meanderer | September 17, 2019

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