Saturday, 11 July 2009
I thought I'd have a go at Carmi's Thematic Photography which this week is "Distance".
This photograph of my Dad in his Home Guard uniform was taken in 1942. He was 40, and in a reserved occupation, so along with those too young to join up and those too old, he guarded vulnerable points in the neighbourhood, and generally prepared for invasion by Germany.
I was 8 at the time, and obviously using his much-prized Roleiflex camera (I know that because the negative is square - my Box Brownie took rectangular negs!) This now seems a lifetime away. So very distant, and so very different to life today. Sixty-seven years ago, and at war, the country was in a state of flux, food was rationed, air raids constant (we had already been bombed out).
With hindsight, we can see how things might have been managed differently. Hindsight is always a wonderful thing! But that was what it was like then. Now it is a very distant, and very different, past. There is surely more distance between my life today and my Dad's then, than between those of him and his father?
The generations seem to put more and more distance between them as the years pass. I'm not sure this is such a good thing. We all seem to be in little boxes - the old; the Baby Boomers; the young-marrieds; the teenagers (aka the hoodies in some places); children. All kept very separate.
I don't think this is good.