Stu is a Badlander

Posted by Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 23 November 2014 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

I missed Remembrance Sunday last year because my wife Sharon was not very well, as you know - this year she was well enough to allow me out of the house for an hour.
Many of the faces in this series (which is admittedly long) are not new, I view them as just a little older and a little more proud as time goes by.

The Remembrance Sunday ceremony at Westoe Cenotaph in South Shields continues to draw huge crowds and engages folks from all walks of life and all age groups. The Act of Remembrance is always sobering, and for the young inspiring and educational and as one hundred years have now passed since the start of the Great War in 1914 the ceremonies throughout the UK have taken on a greater significance this year.

I hope you enjoy this series and have the endurance to get through almost two weeks worth of thought provoking portraits mainly.

This is a more colourful version of "Stu" who deserves my thanks for being such a great bloke and agreeing to be photographed at the end of the Remembrance Ceremony.


Those long uneven lines
Standing as patiently
As if they were stretched outside
The Oval or Villa Park,
The crowns of hats, the sun
On moustached archaic faces
Grinning as if it were all
An August Bank Holiday lark;

And the shut shops, the bleached
Established names on the sunblinds,
The farthings and sovereigns,
And dark-clothed children at play
Called after kings and queens,
The tin advertisements
For cocoa and twist, and the pubs
Wide open all day;

And the countryside not caring:
The place-names all hazed over
With flowering grasses, and fields
Shadowing Domesday lines
Under wheat’s restless silence;
The differently-dressed servants
With tiny rooms in huge houses,
The dust behind limousines;

Never such innocence,
Never before or since,
As changed itself to past
Without a word – the men
Leaving the gardens tidy,
The thousands of marriages,
Lasting a little while longer:
Never such innocence again. - Philip Larkin.

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Pentax K100D
1/250 second
ISO 200
82 mm (35mm equiv.)


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