Therapeutic Mutterings about Old Age

OLD AGE :

It comes to us all.

Now I am getting older, life seems to pass by quicker than it did before , a well know phenomenon,; unstoppable , relentless.

The human condition is such , that at our most frailest we seem to get hit hardest by loss, loss of friends, family members, parents, spouses, even children.

This can hit very hard, leaving us feeling bereft and lonely.

There are good things too , like appreciating the good stuff around us;  kindness shown, beauty, and some of us have enough money to do the thing we never had time for before.

Again, I reached for my camera to take and create some photos to go with these mutterings.

The photo below suggests the difference in speed for  young and  old.

At-different-speeds

 

 Below follows a short series depicting , for me , the isolation so many elderly people endure in silence.

Please select a thumbnail  and then use arrows to see carrousel

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20 thoughts on “Therapeutic Mutterings about Old Age

  1. Hi Paula, I can see that you finally get the reactions from other people too. You deserve it to be recognised as a real pro, because what you do and can do is unique and a proof of both originality and an artistic view. Love XXX Mirjam

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  2. Paula, beautiful photographs! I would like to contact you to ask if you could talk to our Camera Club. Please could you email me back so that we can have a chat? Thanks

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  3. Hi Paula I have never told you this before, the first time I met you and saw the quality and depth of emotion you generate in your work it is truly outstanding. I have said privately to others I will never be half the photographer you are. It is very very rare to see work of this quality on the web. I’m sure you won’t mind if I reblog this post. Thank you for a very pleasant surprise. Best wishes Andy

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    • Andy..thank you so much…hmmm It was your work several years ago and our group that got me to believe that it is possible to get a sense of emotion in photography and it was you that suggested I start a blog and made me almost believe I was up to it! Thank you again SO much

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  4. Paula, this is an absolutely wonderful post. First, although I am “only” 64, I identify very much with your words, especially the swifter passing of time – but I suppose that a good thing about retirement (and I realise I’m switching the subject a little here) is that I can be as lazy or busy as I like each day. But I well remember those, including my mother, who have felt so forlorn when all or most of their friends have died. And although I can be busy now, maybe later on I won’t have that option – how depressing can I get?

    And the portraits you present here are simply stunning. They echo your thoughts so well of course, but they are in themselves superb – and as with all images of such quality, I wish they were mine!

    And finally, I’m interested by your mention elsewhere of feeding badgers, because we get them in our garden too, although I’ve only seen their traces. Question: how did you strike up this relationship? Did you start leaving food out and gradually introduce yourself to the scene? Another question: what’s the brand of food you use? Adrian

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    • Adrian, thank you for your praise. Wow. Spurs me on to try and do better.
      Badgers: I have been feeding them 2 handfuls each for many years. I do not encourage them to become ‘tame’ as not everyone may have the right intentions towards them The food , I buy from a horse food place, it is a working dog dry biscuits..no vat. It does the badgers good, is cheaper , lots cheaper than peanuts. They all look sleek and shiny. I know that in the summer when the ground is hard, they have difficulty digging for worms and that is when they raid folk’s nicely tended gardens with soft flower beds. My place is rock hard and dry..I tend to feed them less in the winter.
      To me they are a delight to have around..I feel privileged with their visits. They have made a huge set in a small copse I planted many years ago, now wild and overgrown.

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      • Not sure you need to do better, those photos are at quite a standard. But can you please tell me the brand name of the working dog dry biscuits? So do you just put the food out and leave it for them, or do you ever watch them from a distance – I understand your wish not to make them tame.

        Adrian..they will eat anything..cats biscuits etc…I buy a large bag of :George’s Working dog biscuits, keep them in a large dustbin with metal lid.
        I scatter them on the grass in front of the house at dusk..not too early as rooks, magpies, crows, pheasants, rats, cats all like the biscuits! Then sit back and watch the badgers come and eat and sometimes play!! Of course , over the years they have learnt what time these nice morsels magically fall from the sky and as soon as I leave they come out of copse. The do not seem to mind a spotlight on them..their eyesight is not good, but their hearing and sense of smell is tremendous. My camera’s shutter is too loud and they tend to run away to the copse if I attempt to get too close and press the shutter.

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