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You Were Difficult But I Loved You by Sarah Vernon

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A vintage family photograph, processed in Photoshop in order to eradicate dust and scratches and enhance the original.

This is a photograph of my parents, Benedicta Leigh and Richard Vernon, outside their flat in Courtfield Road, off Gloucester Road, London, SW7, in 1955. It looks as if my father has a small pencil in his hand and was, perhaps, measuring up for one of his endless projects. These were rarely finished but he did love playing around in his workshop with wood and nails! It was a very difficult upbringing because my mother was a manic depressive (or bi-polar, as they now call it) and my father was an actor who was often away on location.



benedicta leigh, richard vernon, black and white, 1955, parents, father, mother, family, vintage, archive, gloucester road, london, 1950s

I am a freelance actress, artist and writer who has always loved creating art of one form or another. Thank you for all comments and forgive me if health problems prevent me from always replying.


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  • Itaya
    Itayaalmost 2 years ago

    Very lovely touch up you did with this photo Sarah. I’m sure they would be proud. Your story reminds me of my parents as they were married in 1955 and their stories were somewhat similar to yours. Thank you for sharing! :)

  • Bless you for the compliment, Itaya. I see, then, that we probably had similarly tough childhoods but are definitely survivors!

    – Sarah Vernon

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