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Richard John Roberts, grandfather and abiding influence
01-JAN-2004

Richard John Roberts, grandfather and abiding influence

This portrait was made with an Agfa box camera in about 1955/56, before I had an inkling what photography was all about. Now I know a little more, I realize how lucky I was to get this shot. My grandfather was a good friend and we spent many happy hours together. He imparted his life experiences to me and hammered in the dictum, "You get a fair day's pay a for fair day's work, but you do the bloody work first, boyo!" This, from a man who had been a miner from the age of twelve. Because of his small stature, he was consigned to the smallest coal seams, working on his side pecking the coal out and shoving it back, between his legs, to his thirteen years old brother to load into the coal drams. He was a man of indomitable spirit who finally retired at age eighty-seven, dying two years later at eighty-nine.

image copied from print.
1/30s f/4.8 at 50.0mm iso400 full exif

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Guest 09-Mar-2005 02:59
I love it, what a mood Robert, just fantastic, it must be a pleasure for you that you've made this great image from your loved grand father yourself. Bravo!

With kind regards,

Dirk
Guest 04-Feb-2005 06:16
A fantastic shot of a fellow pipesmoker. Great work!