Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Angel Of the Fallen




ANGEL OF THE FALLEN
digital print: shot and processed iPhone 3GS

Two weeks ago, despite inclement weather, I enjoyed a weekend at the Fairport Convention: an annual music festival held near the village of Cropredy in Oxfordshire. Whilst there, I spent time with my cousin Kevin, a fellow genealogist, and together we visited just a few of the many beautiful Oxfordshire churches where our Romany ancestors were hatched, matched and dispatched. In one of them, I took a photograph of a war memorial from which I made the image posted here: I can't recall exactly which one it was, but possibly Tadmarden, where my 3 x great grand parents Moses and Lucrecia Smith buried two of their children. Moses and Lucrecia made baskets, nets and skewers, plying their wares around the villages of Oxfordshire and Northamptionshire. They slept in bender tents. and can't have made much money but, in true Romany tradition, they honored the resting place of their children with a beautiful gravestone.

I have somehow managed to loose all my pairs of distance spectacles and break the ones I use with the computer. Suddenly, the World looks like one of my photos...very disconcerting.

8 comments:

Lori Saul said...

This is beautiful art full of depth and heart. I remember a band called Fairport Convention back in the '70's- wow haven't thought of that in a while. Lovely post Nettie!

Lumilyon said...

Thank you Lori! Fairport Convention have been running the Cropredy festival since the 1970s and they play there every year. It's a lovely event. This was our first year but we intend to be there in 2011.

La Dolce Vita said...

oooh how I love this and what you did to it. what a great thing to know so much about one's heritage. and I hope you get your glasses back all of them, OR START PAINTING WITHOUT THEM!!! LOL!!! xx's
great post!

Lumilyon said...

Thanks Cat! The problem is, I'm getting headaches. Off to the optician tomorrow...

Gaby Bee said...

Your new creation is fabulous!

I hope you get your glasses back very soon!

At the moment my world also looks like the one of your photo. My glasses broke just over a week ago. First they said it will take one hour to get a new one, then they said ten days, then they called yesterday (day 9) and said that it will take another five days at least before I get my new glasses...grrrr
I can't see without them very well. It gives me headaches.

Hugs, Gaby

Lumilyon said...

Hi Gaby, great to hear from you! My computer specs have now been replaced so now I just have to sort out the others.It's a pain isn't it? I'm just recovering from a 24 hour headache!

Suzie Grogan said...

Love how you mix genealogy with the evocative photographs. I have to come up to Oxfordshire sometime soon to check family history in Great Rollright. Not sure if I will find much at the church but will be sure to visit the stones..

Lumilyon said...

Thanks for stopping by Suzie, I'm so glad to have found your blog. I've visited the Rollrights several times over the years and, of course, never been able to count the same number twice.