Stained Glass Memoirs

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© Tj Watt
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UploadedNovember 2, 2007
TakenMay 29, 2007
ModelCanon EOS-1D Mark II
Exposure1/100 sec at f/5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length90 mm
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My grandmother Carrie at 94 years of age, returning to visit the house her father built over 100 years ago. After not being inside the house of her childhood memories since she was ten, we got to go inside for a final visit before it was recently torn down to put up a set of new town houses. To think she would one day return to the same home she was raised in, this time with her own daughters and grandkids, is not something many people get to experience. The original stained glass windows her father put in still remained intact and she was so amazed that she was now tall enough to see over the sills! A time for silence and reflection followed. I can only guess at the sweet n' timeless moments that must have been passing through outside...

We had the windows set aside before the house was demolished but sadly, someone posing as a member of the family came and picked them up, never to be seen again. I'm just thankful she was able to relive a long past part of her life and have these images to reflect upon from now until forever...

25 responses

  • Shane Empie

    Shane Empie gave props (2 Nov 2007):

    Great image, wonderful focus.

  • Faisal Almalki

    Faisal Almalki said (2 Nov 2007):

    Agreed. Love the focus and composition. Well done

  • Nicholas Hendrickx

    Nicholas Hendrickx said (2 Nov 2007):

    Really nice!

  • Julia Sherburne

    Julia Sherburne said (2 Nov 2007):

    Nice image. Touching story.

  • Valeria Cantor

    Valeria Cantor said (24 Nov 2007):

    beautiful story, beautiful picture. Love the expression!

  • Sue Gerres

    Sue Gerres said (4 Dec 2007):

    A beautiful photo of your grandmother and a very touching story. Very well done!

  • Agus Sarwono

    Agus Sarwono said (24 Dec 2007):

    Great Potrait, i like the compotiton, nice detail..........

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (30 Dec 2007):

    Wonderful story and photo. Beauty and character show through!

  • Dennis Blauer

    Dennis Blauer   said (7 Jan 2008):

    reminds me of a sanitorium. no disrespect intended.

  • Uriel Ulam

    Uriel Ulam said (30 Jan 2008):

    Stunning image!

  • Glenn Buzbee

    Glenn Buzbee gave props (10 Mar 2008):

    A beautiful portrait of this remarkable woman, and thanks for sharing this part of her story.

  • melanie scott

    melanie scott gave props (14 Mar 2008):

    an amazing portrait and the story behind it makes it even more powerful - you've captured a sense of nostalgia and you can almost see the memories in your grandmother's eyes....beautiful!

  • Simon Le

    Simon Le gave props (19 Mar 2008):

    Amazing shot!

  • selin yurdakul

    selin yurdakul gave props (3 Apr 2008):

    Beautiful image and story. What a great expression/emotion you captured just on the right moment..

  • Ken McElroy

    Ken McElroy gave props (1 Jul 2008):

    Very loving portrait with fine composition and lines. Thanks for sharing your treasured moment.

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (18 Jul 2008):

    Ditto 2 all the above as well. An abolutely stunning image & what a great moment & portrait. Very well done.I never had said anything earlier on when I 1st favoured this a while back...Xcellent 1

  • Christopher Smith

    Christopher Smith gave props (1 Aug 2008):

    priceless brother. very well done.

  • Kori Hudson

    Kori Hudson said (22 Oct 2008):

    Perfect! I wish I had one like this of my grandmother...

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (4 Nov 2008):

    Nice work!

  • Bonnie Blanton

    Bonnie Blanton (Deleted) gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    lovely portrait, well done, voted "yes"

  • Emily Hamm

    Emily Hamm said (16 Nov 2008):

    beautiful photo- great story, whoever stole those windows will get whats coming to 'em one day! what rotten folks

  • ! Priscilla Joyner

    ! Priscilla Joyner gave props (16 Nov 2008):

    Very touching........your photo shows much emotion. Wish I could vote on it twice!!!

  • Josh Ellingson

    Josh Ellingson said (17 Nov 2008):


  • Jane Linders

    Jane Linders gave props (28 Nov 2008):

    You really captured the love between you and the subject. You have my vote. If this image doesn’t get picked for .JPG magazine, I’m canceling my subscription.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (23 Mar 2012):

    Sad but a great memory.

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