Then I must make your portrait…
I told this story a few days ago on my favourite social medium, Instagram.
It received a great response, so I thought I’d tell it here too:
I’ve been working a lot on the finer details of my wet plating technique lately.
I had a beautiful afternoon tinkering on Sunday, testing my tweaks and refinements on 12×10 inch glass plates as I move ever-closer to starting The Lifeboat Station Project.
My friend and neighbour, Carole, came wandering round the corner, shopping bags in hand.
She’s very loving and enthusiastic, is Carole.
“Look at you!” she said, “…in your apron, creating wonderful things.”
“Ah, thank you, Carole. Anyway, how are you?”
She replied, “My brain tumour’s back. I’m dying now. I can feel it. It’s time for me to go.”
Obviously, that took me aback. I gave Carole a kiss and a hug and I could only think to say one thing:
“Then I must make your portrait.”
She told me she would adore that. So that’s what we did.
It was a beautiful moment and the kind that seems to keep happening in and around this process.
It engages people and that’s what I love about it. And that’s what I also love about photography…
Sunday 15th November 2015
I’m so sad to hear that Carole died in the night, almost a year since we shared this precious moment together.
Unfortunately, the photograph above is the only record of this plate as it was irreparably damaged whilst being washed afterwards — a photograph that turned out to be as ephemeral as life itself.
Even though we didn’t see each other so often, I’ll miss our colourful neighbour very much.
She was a truly special person, a character who really brought something to the party and enhanced the world for all who knew her…
Bless. I don’t know what to say. How beautiful and ethereal.
Thank you, Clare.
What a beautiful portrait Jack, of a very special lady. Her inspirational demeanour shines out from yet another incredible image and demonstrates the importance of what you are doing with your wet plate photography. Jane
Thank you so much, Jane.
Thank you Jack, for sharing this fleeting image of our friend Carole …
My pleasure. I’m glad you found and enjoyed it… Jack
her hands look like wings …so funny and lovely. Could i use this photo for a facebook event . tonight… credited to you of course .it is so perfect
Of course, feel free… Jack
So lovely! So Carole…always already Heart Loved, she shared her heart with all of us, and we knew one another as One Heart. <3
It’s a great image of our amazing neighbour Carole and the loss of the portrait and lovely Carol is so poignant. Gill Lisle
Thank you, Gill.