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My Father….
He’s been a Grazier his entire life, but now finds himself in retirement living in a small city…..
No more manual labour, no more getting up before dawn, no more cracked & bleeding hands……
Dad is of that generation of people who dress in their good clothes to go out…. even if it’s only to the supermarket. Clothes must be ironed, & there’s usually a hat involved…..
Somehow I was able to convince Dad to sit for a formal portrait but without dressing up. I wanted to catch him in his work clothes. Clothes that now do the gardening, rather than mustering or shearing sheep all day.

Dignity comes from within, does it not?

[2009-03-12]

[Canon 1000D Natural Light, textures – my own and CG textures]

  1. Featured – The Woman Photographer – March 2009
  2. Top Ten Finish – The Seated Man Challenge – March 2009
  3. Top Ten Finish – Respect Your Elders Challenge – April 2009
  4. Featured – Layered with Texture – November 2010

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portrait, father, dad, honour, tribute, dignity, honor

Painter, Illustrator, sometime Designer, maniacal Doodler, Photographic Artist.

Funnily enough I don’t consider myself to be a photographer – that’s for the talented folks who actually know what their camera’s do.

My illustrations & designs are over here :
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  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 5 years ago

    wow excellent !

  • Thanks very much Ginny!

    – scottimages

  • Peter Hill
    Peter Hillover 5 years ago

    Now there’s a man who treasures his work clothes! A wonderful portrait Rosemary!

  • He’s definitely more comfortable in these clothes…. Glad you like it Peter.

    – scottimages

  • midzing
    midzingover 5 years ago

    fantastic image Rosemary, you have captured your father beautifully,,, well done

  • Thanks so much Wendy, Glad you think so :))

    – scottimages

  • Peter Hill
    Peter Hillover 5 years ago

    Forgot to mention the chair and the wall are divinely matched, and their colouring and tone are a perfect backdrop in the natural light (awesome btw). Is there TA in this?

  • Ahhh, you clever thing you! Yes, I used TA on this…. I think it was vibrance on the clothes & chair, & just a tiny smidgen of detail & sharpening in the skin. I had to bring out most of the lines of the face & hands with dodge & burn…. TA was just really too harsh for what I was trying to achieve.
    I’m glad you like the result Peter :))

    – scottimages

  • Barssel
    Barsselover 5 years ago

    This reminds me so much of my own Dad……………………pruning roses just is not the same as being the “Gun shearer” on his team.

  • I hear you!! They’re a unique breed, the Aussie Bushman…..

    – scottimages

  • Libbybennell
    Libbybennellover 5 years ago

    Love it

  • many Thanks Libby :))

    – scottimages

  • debb
    debbover 5 years ago

    Ohhhhhh Rosemary – this is such a wonderfully engaging portrait – how proud & pleased your Father must be of this wonderful capture & of you !! Love the natural light & sense of place – LOVE !!! :)

  • Actually I’m not certain he loves this…. he’s “tentatively enthused”…. but I’m pleased you like it!! Thanks Deb!

    – scottimages

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful and what a great memory in years to come

  • Thanks Kelly, I think this’ll definitely hold fond memories for me!

    – scottimages

  • Elaine Harriott
    Elaine Harriottover 5 years ago

    What a wonderful tribute!

  • Thanks so much Elaine :))

    – scottimages

  • UncleWiggley
    UncleWiggleyover 5 years ago

    Lovely warm portrait Rosemary. He looks like he is trying to stifle a chuckle. His lifes work does show through in the texture of the skin on his hands and face……and you look like your dad!

  • Oh! I never expected someone to say that I look like him…. That’ll put a grin on his face!

    – scottimages

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