This is another story behind the image interlude - looking at some of the pictures on this site. This image is entitled "They Fade Away Your Mum and Dad".
It is a digital "repeat to fade"rendering of a quick mobile phone capture of an old Kodak instamatic picture on my mantelpiece. I took it 30 years ago in my back-garden in Sidcup, Kent - during the summer holiday back from Polytechnic. It's my Mum and Dad. A shade over 10 years later they were both gone forever. My Mum died 20 years ago this weekend ( 18 months after my Dad ) and I became an "orphan" at 29. It's not a subtle concept - but it captures for me my feeling that people like old photos do fade away and become more difficult to recall and envisage - but also that the grief and sad emotions also fade as we move on. I loved them and they loved me - what more do I need to remember ? Physically I know where they are - washing amongst the toes of holiday-makers in Sennen Cove, where both their ashes were scattered - other than that and apart from in my head and heart - who knows ? Wherever you are - thanks - you were fab.