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Friday, May 29, 2009


Partners for over 50 years...both in spirit and in their craft.

I spoke in depth to this couple as they used their their mid 1800 vintage loom. They were truly a throwback to a time when lovers entered marriage with no thought of prenuptials or trial periods. Partners in life, Artisans of a lost art...each piece of cloth produced was a creation that only together they could have brought to life. He on one side feeding in the thread, her on the other slowly...lovingly...together.

How appropriate...the art of weaving paralleled their life woven together in a bond every much as strong as the pieces of art they produced. The blanket will provide warmth and comfort for multiple generations of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as it is passed from one generation to the next.

Their legacy together will survive in their art...long after they are gone.

16 comments:

Heather said...

Dan, there is absolutely nothing left for me to say about this post. Your narative was perfectly written. Beautiful photo and beautiful story behind it.

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Heather...this is one of my favorites from the day.

Dan

Level 9 Poetry said...
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Level 9 Poetry said...

A beautiful heartfelt prose. Something which goes so perfectly with the photograph. What a lovely picture; the color, lighting, the moment captured to perfection. I am so enjoying this.

Sharla

Dan Felstead said...

Pura,
Thank you...I appreciate the kind words from someone with your talents. It was a photo I enjoyed working on for both the image and the subject matter.

Dan

Simply Heather said...

Definately, a favorite of mine!! Definately! Dan, the texture of the photo is a wonderful touch and your words...to have been there and experience this, you've enabled it.

I really like this one!

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Vermont Heather...
They were a very interesting couple to talk to...obviously retired, they both travel full time from one reenactment to another. They did sell their items but I got the idea that their craft and time together was more important at this stage of their lives than making a sale.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

One other thing Pura...
Now that I know your name, I can call you Sharla!

Dan

septembermom said...

I love the look of concentration on their faces. Lovely post, Dan. Thank you for sharing such beautiful photo and prose.

Dan Felstead said...

Thank you Septembermom and have a great weekend.

Dan

Dani said...

I really like how you've altered the photo- it makes it look almost like a sketch- just lovely. And I really like your prose attached- what a wonderful concept to enjoy.

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Dani,
I was trying to enhance the contrast in the image and along with that...it turned out to appear as a sketch as you mentioned.

Dan

Cynthia said...

I am very nearly speechless. (nearly...you know me...rarely speechless...) ;^)
Dan, you make it so difficult to select a favorite. Every day, it's a new favorite.
At first glance, I thought maybe you had posted a painting by another artist.
If a picture paints a thousand words, what you have captured here, Dan, would take at least ten thousand.
:^)

Dan Felstead said...

Cynthia...you are too kind! You mentioned painting...If I tried to paint, the photo would look like two stick figures sitting on a rock!

Dan

shabby girl said...

I have to get out my thesaurus! How many ways can I tell you how wonderful your photos are???

Dan Felstead said...

Shabbygirl...
No words needed....just by visiting, you support my efforts.

Dan