Saturday, 20 June 2009

Gerontius dreaming

Balmoral Beach, Middle Harbour: Saturday morning in winter

Gerontius devout Everyman
contemplates his passing,
fearful yet wistful.
Glimpsing God
he embarks upon
the waters of purgatory.

12 comments:

JM said...

1st and last shots are just great! Wonderfully composed!

Fiona said...

Juxtaposition of photos and text = perfect.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The children, senior citizen, and birds are all playing in their own way.

Jilly said...

Just shows how we need to live for the moment. Time passes all too quickly.

Coşkun said...

Hi Julie,
Nice shots are about life attractive children and calm,still old man. That's the sum of life. Thanks...

AB said...

I love the look of the elderly gentleman in the last photo. The composition works well with him to the side and green park filling the space.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Had never heard of Gerontius so had to google it ... now I understand. I love Balmoral beach.

brattcat said...

Julie, I can't tell you how long I've been sitting here with these photos and this text. This is a really powerful post today, everything works, fits together, and takes flight. Outstanding work.

altadenahiker said...

I'm pretty sure I recognize that "senior citizen." He's your dad, isn't he?

brattcat said...

In response to your question about the Frost farm, the one near Bennington is a little over an hour away, the other (the one he moved to after the death of his wife) is more like two hours. I'm not likely to make the trip any time soon. Sorry.

Bergson said...

Simply beautiful

beautiful opposition

Julie said...

Thank you for your thoughts, Friends.

As some of you will recognise, this is, indeed, my father. He is a rich source for me as he continues on this final journey. I spend time with him, and talk with him, and use him as a subject: all with his permission. We flit around Sydney with our thermos and biscuits and the era we inhabit can range anywhere from 1932 to 2002. Increasing dementia has knocked out the last decade. He likes to sit in the sun and I wander with my camera, remaining always within his sight. You will see more of him.