I have been following the blog of talented photographer (and fellow Aussie) Leanne Cole for some time now however it took me a couple of months before I got around to sending her a photo for her weekly Monochrome Madness showcase. Finally (after a reminder from Leanne) I remembered to send off a photo that I had found as I was clearing out and backing up all my photos.
Taken at the wedding of the First Born, this photo shows her with my mother.
Weddings are happy occasions and this day certainly was but it was a day tempered with sadness as less than two weeks previously we had lost my baby brother. Peter was to share the duty of walking the First Born down the aisle (or along the sand at the beach in this case) with the Garden Gnome. As he couldn’t be there, my mother gave the necklace you see my daughter wearing to the GG to put around her neck.
This still from the video taken on the day shows him putting it on her. The silver chain was taken off my brother by hospital staff and given to my mother when he entered the ICU. In this way he walked with her throughout the day.
She also had a sixpence he had given her glued onto her thongs (flip flops). The First Born had read somewhere that a sixpence tucked into a shoe on a wedding day is meant to bring good luck so she had asked my brother (who was a coin collector) to find one for her. (Since her wedding day, we had the sixpence made into a necklace for her).
The photo of my daughter and my mother speaks volumes to me. In a day filled with smiles and laughter, it showed that the absence of my brother was also acknowledged.
I snapped it quickly without having time to change settings (that happens when you are trying to catch a moment) and it was then converted to B&W. The photo also had a lot of sharpening, dodging and burning done to it to get it to a point that I was happy with.
I hope you stop over at Leanne’s Monochrome Madness post and check out the other show stopping photos shared by others. Maybe you might like to stay awhile and check out Leanne’s awesome work as well. 🙂