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May 5, 2014

In loving memory

Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 22:02


I saw this poignant memorial walking on Holy Island today. I’ve been picturing memorials, and this struck me for its simplicity and directness.



  1. It is a touching thing to find, physically small and almost insignificant but it has a huge emotional message. I wonder why it was there? I like the fact it is nearly hidden, it helps the understatement.

    Nora and I went to the south coast of Ulva off Mull on a long walk and sat at a cairn and had our lunch. After eating I found a plaque on the back of the cairn and there was some writing in French which I got translated.

    My life and my passions are in this view.
    My beloved, just like her, you radiate
    love and natural beauty. You overwhelm me.
    I will love you forever.

    It is a stunning view from the cairn and I wondered what led a Frenchman to create a cairn at such a remote point in memory of his partner.

    Doug Stockdale used to be on Stills and he did a series In Passing/Bad Trip HERE is his statement.
    I think he renamed the series In Passing after it was on Stills.

    For me the true business of photography is to capture a bit of reality (whatever that is) on film…if, later, the reality means something to someone else, so much the better.
    Garry Winogrand

    Comment by Rex — May 6, 2014 @ 19:53

  2. Thanks Rex. I’ve been collecting ‘little shrines’ for a while, eventually to be a series perhaps. People do create memorials, and I have felt the urge to record them as I pass.

    Garry Winogrand’s quote reminds me of David Hurn’s view that photography is fundamentally about the subject, and that the task is to create a pleasing image that properly reflects the subject and our relationship to it – I often parse this as ‘it’s not about about the light!’


    Comment by sojournerphoto — May 10, 2014 @ 22:08

  3. Friday we visited David Bailey’s exhibition at the National Portrait gallery and then the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery on Saturday. Both fantastic.
    I recently heard an interview with DB.
    How would you like to be remembered?
    DB, In a serious way or a light hearted way?
    In a light hearted way?
    DB as a lover.
    In a serious way?
    DB as a lover.

    I was amazed at how refreshing and stunning his latest work was. Whatever he has, he hasn’t lost it.

    Comment by Rex — May 11, 2014 @ 14:51

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