My Dad by Basia McAuley

Here is a candid portrait of my dad…

His name is Richard, born in Poland in 1922.
Became a teacher, was in WWII, was tortured by Nazis for teaching.
Later became a Professor of Languages, Literature & History and then the head of largest University in Poland, in Krakow.
He has had 3 wives. He has 4 children, me being the youngest, he also has 9 grandchildren and 2 (any day 3) great grand children.
His favourite hobbies are photography and chess,, and he’s really good. See here and here
My dad dislikes b&w photography because growing up he didn’t have the choice of colour so now he loves it and he prefers the colour version of this photo but still,, I prefer it in b&w!
My dad has beaten cancer more than once, has had 3 heart attacks and has been hit by a car that resulted in coma,, what can I say….he’s a survivor.
I just thought I would share his story.

Candid portrait taken in natural light
Nikon D200
50mm lens 1.4 f
Processed in RAW.

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  • micheleirene
    micheleirenealmost 6 years ago

    Awwwww :) This is a wonderful portrait of your Dad Basia :) Look at that light and life in his eyes! And quite a life story he has so far! So very beautiful :)

  • Thank you so much Shelly,,, yes, he’s had a fascinating life!

    – Basia McAuley

  • David Amos
    David Amosalmost 6 years ago

    I wish, so much that my dad was NOT camera shy before he died, I ALWAYS wanted a portrait like this,,,, how beautiful, and look at the result, a great moment in history captured for life.
    This is such a beautiful portrait Basia, your photography has GROWN immensely since I have been on here, you truly have a beautiful gift.

  • Joseph Bailouni
    Joseph Bailounialmost 6 years ago

    Basia, a treasure to keep close to your heart. You have captured the history in his eyes brilliantly.

  • Thank you Joseph,, The only thing I missed with this b&w is that my dad’s eyes were the most brilliant sky blue eyes which have faded slowly to gray with age.

    – Basia McAuley

  • Karen Cougan
    Karen Couganalmost 6 years ago

    Hi Basia,
    My dad was 10 feet tall and bullet proof too, or so I thought, didn’t last forever…….I so wish I had taken more pics………Congratulations on a wonderful portrait of your dad……….great keep sake

  • David Amos
    David Amosalmost 6 years ago

    Oh, and the story is VERY touching Basia, THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing.
    I have thought about a photo I have of dad, I didn’t take it, but it is probably the best I have and telling my story…. maybe you have influenced me to tell it.
    How can we ever understand what your dad and others like him went through all those years ago, it horrifies me to think about it

  • Thank you so very much for your great feedback David,, It’s great to hear from you and I’m humbled by your comments. I too thought this was a nice tribute to my dad,, I know he’s not getting any younger but I’m very comforted to know that he has had a fuller life than most,, even when not always good. I think everyone should be recognised and remembered.

    – Basia McAuley

  • Antoine Dagobert
    Antoine Dagobertalmost 6 years ago

    great shot my friend!

  • Thanks Antoine,, good to hear from you :o)

    – Basia McAuley

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 6 years ago

    BRAVO, to Richard, I want to thank him for all he has suffered, no doubt for others. All his hard work. Also I’m happy that he has survived cancer. He has got to be a WINNER of life. Give him a BIG HUG for me and thank him for all he has done.
    Let him know that strangers love and appreciate all he did and is doing, even if it is just survivng.
    Handsome portrait photo.
    Love and kindness to you and your father

  • Thank you so much Ann for your kind words. Ohh and regarding the ‘handsome’, he sure was in his prime! With a head full of curly hair,, and he was quite the ladies man,,, hence the 3 wives!

    – Basia McAuley

  • Belinda "BillyLee" NYE (Printmaker)
    Belinda "Billy...almost 6 years ago

    Lovely portrait and great story. Bravo to your Dad, he trully has had an amazing life and would be a pleasure to meet.

  • Thanks Billy! Good to hear from you! Yes, you are right, he has had an amazing life which continues on,, I’m really happy with this result,, it’s simple but I don’t think any more is really needed.

    – Basia McAuley

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websteralmost 6 years ago

    Letting us know your Dad gives us a glimpse into you Basia. Thanks so much for sharing his story. You are a wonderful daughter to honour him in this way. A fine man with so much life in his eyes. You have captured his spirit beautifully.

  • Thanks Robin! Well, I guess, this does glimpse into my life also,, I am ’daddy’s little girl’ after all!! ;o)

    – Basia McAuley

  • RebeccaT
    RebeccaTalmost 6 years ago

    Sounds like a very special…and incredibly resilient man… – perfect image for father’s day… – wonderful :)

  • Thank you Rebecca!

    – Basia McAuley

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