In the name of the Father

 Posted by on November 26, 2011  Add comments
Nov 262011
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“What I remember most about my childhood is holding your hand. My wee hand in your big hand.”

I was in the North Island at Lake Waikarimoana at a workshop last year and came, with more than a little encouragement from Tony Bridge, to the realisation the being a good Kiwi lad I had never dealt with the sudden death of my father just over 10 years ago.
I always felt I had, so over the week I set out to investigate this further through my image making.
If you have never been to Lake Waikarimoana it's a very peaceful and spiritual place as well as a place of awesome beauty, just the kind of place you can get away from life and just begin to think……………………………………………..

I started to feel at one with his spirit, as if I was somehow able to communicate with him, don't get me wrong I wasn't hearing voices or the like just had a sense of him being around me. A sense of calmness.
The morning I made this image we ventured down by the lake to a spot I hadn't investigated before, it was still dark so torch in hand I wandered round the lake until something made me feel it was time to stop. I had no idea why and a fellow photographer, Pauline Neilson, asked as she passed what I was looking at. I had no real answer it just felt the right place to stop. I clicked away as you do not really feeling I was getting anywhere and a bit scared for some reason to stop photographing.
It wasn't until later on in post processing that the reason literally jumped off the screen at me.
The cross in the image hadn't been visible to my eye but, to me anyway, immediately came to represent the spirit of my Dad. It was quite a frightening moment when it first emerged to me but it really made me appreciate visually what I had been feeling all that week. I'm glad I stopped on that spot on that day.
Today is my birthday, another one rolls around, so I guess there is no more appropriate time to post this image and dedicate it to my “Old Fella”. I miss you Dad!!!!

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  7 Responses to “In the name of the Father”

  1. a beautiful and dramatic image to go with beautiful and memorable thoughts. Isn’t it amazing what our imgaes and their creation are doing for us these days.

    I hope you have had a great day communing with your family and friends. Happy birthday Ferg

  2. Very nice. Happy birthday Ferg

  3. Happy Birthday Old man, great shot

  4. Great picture and great story. Happy Birthday Ferg. A toast of Laphroag in your honour…. and one for your Dad as well!!

  5. When I stood beside Ferg while he was thinking about photographing this image I thought the cold must have addled his mind. It was the first time I had ever watched someone working their way through an inner feeling / belief about what they were seeing / thinking. To be honest he scared the socks off me, I had never felt that strongly about making an image in my life. I thought “I’ll have what he’s having”. I never saw what Ferg saw, and when I first saw the image that came out of this moment I knew I was hooked into something special. And that, Ferg, was the gift you gave me that day.

    • So pleased that you got something out of this Pauline. A gift given to a friend is a special thing Im glad you were there that day to collect it.

  6. Thanks for the image and thanks for all the work you are doing along with Ian on aGathering.

    Happy birthday too.

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