Thursday, 10 February 2011

Plastic Flowers And The Happiness Of Youth


The final picture on the negative strip gives a better indication of both date and location for it turns out to be this picture of Isobel which was clearly taken at her parent's house in Elland. Taken in either 1969 or 1970, it has always been one of my favourite shots of the girl who three years later would become The Good Lady Wife. The kitchen table, the plastic flower in the vase come back to me as though it was yesterday .... as does the sheer happiness of youth.

11 comments:

Chairman Bill said...

If I remember correctly, they were a free give-away with Daz soap powder.

My mother used to collect them. Can't for the life of me think why, as we had a garden full of flowers.

Valerie said...

I'm not surprised it's one of your favourites... it made me wonder what Isabel was thinking as she stirred the contents of the bowl.

Alan Burnett said...

She's not changed in forty years and therefore it will have been .... "Food"

TICKLEBEAR said...

if only it had been a silk flower instead of plastic. they make such good ones now, it can fool you in believing they're real..
the '70s!!
:D~
HUGZ

Rosie said...

With the purse on the table, she looks like she is just grabbing a bite to eat before she goes out.....

Roy said...
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Roy said...

Let's try this again, without mistakes...

That's an absolutely fantastic shot, Alan! And the love felt by the photographer for his subject certainly shines in it.

jennyfreckles said...

That's a lovely photo and it's great how photos can take us right back to another time and our happy memories. Being of a similar vintage, that could well be me: slender, eating on the hoof, polo neck sweater and all!

BTW, your comment on school desks just had me chortling out loud. Thank you!

Michael and Hanne said...

Now you are just going sloppy and sentimental Alan!
Oh for the days of yore when we were young and innocent! I really love the photo. Well done young man!

Vicki Lane said...

What a perfectly wonderful picture! A modern day Vermeer!

Tess Kincaid said...

This is an amazing image.