All that's left is a picture and memories

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© Bob Douglas
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This is a scan of a picture taken back in 1977. It's of my best friend, Yves. We both kept each other somewhat sane and safe during our boarding school years. Yeah our dad's were not there at the time. It wasn't a good excuse but hey we used it anyway. Honestly we were not that bad other than some drinking (which was legal) and roaming the streets of Brussels. We were so carefree.

Anyway after high school I returned to the US. and Yves got into drugs in a real heavy way. This picture is of the last time I visited him at his mom's place. We were talking and listening to Led Zepplin. He had just rolled a cigarette with three papers and laced it with hash. So I grabbed the Canon AE-1 and took this picture . Shortly after that he disappeared and I have lost contact with him.

Hopefully he's OK and who knows maybe we will meet up again someday.

Yves tu es manque beaucoup mon copain.

20 responses

  • Gail O'Bannon

    Gail O'Bannon said (27 Jun 2009):

    saw via spotlight...

  • Dave Hillyer

    Dave Hillyer gave props (1 Jul 2009):

    Cool shot. Very trippy.

  • Morgan Harbert

    Morgan Harbert gave props (1 Jul 2009):

    trippy is right. cool colors, hope your friend is okay!

  • Daniel Angeles

    Daniel Angeles gave props (2 Jul 2009):

    This is quite brilliant, the trippyness of this image an with your friend smoking the really identifiable weed goes so well.. Its really cool and really well done.

  • Lori D'Ambrosio

    Lori D'Ambrosio gave props (4 Jul 2009):

    It's a great shot. I hope that he is thriving somewhere and not really missing. So sad.

  • Scabeater

    Scabeater gave props (7 Jul 2009):

    Good story, gives the picture real depth.

  • Bostjan Kosir

    Bostjan Kosir gave props (10 Jul 2009):

    Very powerful image and story... and a favourite!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (10 Jul 2009):

    Excellent capture! Well done.

  • bonnie pelton

    bonnie pelton gave props (10 Jul 2009):

    welL DONE !!! :) BEAUTIFUL

  • Bruce Baker

    Bruce Baker   gave props (15 Jul 2009):

    Wonderful shot!

  • Antonio Chrysostomou

    Antonio Chrysostomou said (19 Jul 2009):

    Great shot Bob - knowing the story just adds strength to the power that the colours and composition provide to the picture. Thanks for sharing.

  • Chibelle

    Chibelle said (28 Jul 2009):

    this is excellent.

  • Joe Bertino

    Joe Bertino (Deleted) gave props (6 Aug 2009):

    great shot. i love it.

  • Alexander O'Kieff

    Alexander O'Kieff (Deleted) said (18 Aug 2009):

    Great capture.. has a 60's/70's air to it..

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (19 Aug 2009):

    Beautiful photograph accompanied by a great story. I love this one:)

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (1 Sep 2009):

    This is an outstanding capture, one can feel the pain, the desperate situation and your love.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) said (10 Sep 2009):

    Nice shot and a sad story. I work with addicts and have ssen what happens after years of heavy use. Pot's no big deal but crystal/crack/opiates/alcohol destroy the body mind and soul.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (26 Nov 2010):

    I love the mood of this shot. It takes me back. I hope you get good news of your friend one day and I am glad your life took a different path.

  • Rhio9 (Rhio9)

    Rhio9 (Rhio9) (Deleted) said (18 Dec 2010):

    your image reminds me when i used to smoke meth, but i never got high smoking meth, i always got high shooting it up but not smoking it. anyway, that doesnt matter. the point is, your photo has emotion, and where there's emotion there's memory. and where there's memory there's experience.

  • Dennis Watts

    Dennis Watts gave props (4 Jan 2011):

    fantastic image, and story.

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