Dad and Joyce: at home


Dad needed some passport type pictures so he can apply for his disabled “blue” badge. His mobility is VERY limited of late and he should have had the notorious blue badge years ago.

 

Dad-and-Joy-SMP
Dad and Joy: they’ve looked better but passport photos are supposed to be void of all emotion – aren’t they ?!

 

So I took the opportunity to capture them in their natural habitat.

The house is always warm so no shoes is the order of the day. Being barefooted improves their stability: "it lets me FEEL the ground where I wouldn't be able to with shoes" ~ Dad
The house is always warm so no shoes is the order of the day. Being barefooted improves their stability: “it lets me FEEL the ground where I wouldn’t be able to with shoes” ~ Dad

 

The dressing on Joyce's right shin is the latest in a line of scars from falling over. They've had a stair lift fitted in the last couple of weeks which means Dad doesn't have to stand behind Joy while she climbs the stairs anymore.
The dressing on Joyce’s right shin is the latest in a line of scars from falling over. They’ve had a stair lift fitted in the last couple of weeks which means Dad doesn’t have to stand behind Joy while she climbs the stairs anymore.

 

"I'm coming in close - don't be afraid" - oops too late.
“I’m coming in close – don’t be afraid” – oops too late.

 

Dad has never needed much encouragement to pull a funny face - Joyce is a bit more reserved.
Dad has never needed much encouragement to pull a funny face – Joyce is a bit more reserved.

 

Senior …

… came over to see me this morning to pose for and be part of my Project 14. I hadn’t seen him for a few weeks so I went over to see him yesterday morning for a coffee and took my camera with me to photograph him doing what he normally does on a Saturday morning. I got there too late to go with him to the paper shop but he was back and doing the crossword when I got there, always The Times crossword, he used to do the crossword in the Telegraph but that got a bit too easy so he moved on to The Times.

Doing The Times crossword
doing The Times crossword

Project 14 is the project I set myself to photograph people and places that have influenced me or had a bearing on my life from day one in 1968 to the present day. I’m doing all this with the Mamiya C33 medium format film camera, using black and white film, developing that film and printing the negatives in the darkroom. So, obviously, Dad comes top of that list. I took a few shots with the digital camera which are on here today and I also took 6 rolls of Ilford Delta 400 over the two mornings so I’ve got them to develop and add to Project 14.

Never happier than with a book and a cup of coffee
Never happier than with a book and a cup of coffee

I always remember Dad watching Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on telly back in the late 70s – he worked shifts and was never able to get to see the scheduled 9pm on Tuesday night but along the way he always managed to catch a repeat or rerun so he could get to see the whole series (this was before the days of VHS and Sky+ wasn’t even on the horizon).

Smiley ... and his people
Smiley … and his people – Dad’s favourite