For my friend

On 13 April 2011, in People, by Petra

Nightshot of Bridie, a friend of Danny O'Brien, holding a Chinese Latern ready for take off

Unfortunately I again didn’t take any pictures since the last photowalk. But if pictures like this are a result of taking less pictures, I am ok with that.

Most of you who come accross this blog know, that we had a special photowalk last Saturday. I think for everyone it was a special one in a different, very personal way. For those who knew Danny for years as being part of his family or photography friends it was probably more about remembering and for the others who never or only once had the chance to meet him it was about making new memories.

I am in the second group. I only started on the photography forum of end of 2008 so I met Danny on the photo-yearbook-launch in 2009. I didn’t even get to talk to him, but that wasn’t necessary to sense that he was a very special person.
And due to the fact that many of my friends were close friends with him he somehow became my friend too.
On Saturday now I was together with these friends and his family and friends I haven’t met before. So for me the day was about getting to know Danny better and the life he enjoyed so much with his friends and family.

Dónall, Danny’s son, organised Chinese Laterns. So the official end of the photowalk was sending them off into the air. A very nice and peaceful ceremony. I was a bit torn between taking pictures and just enjoying it by looking.
But I am glad I took a few and obviously this is one of them. Thanks to Facebook and their tagging feature Bridie now has the picture too as she is a long time friend of Danny who I haven’t met before.

To me a perfect summary of the day and about friendship.


9 Responses to For my friend

  1. Dan King says:

    Cracking picture Petra.

  2. David Ferrie says:

    Petra, the picture is beautiful and the words are wonderful

  3. Julie says:

    What a wonderful thoughtful tribute.

  4. aafke says:

    special picture, wonderful words, nice memories.

  5. Lovely capture Petra. Super shot of Bridie.

  6. Shane Murphy says:

    What a wonderful shot Petra. Such a gentle, personal moment caught perfectly. It really tells the story of the day.

  7. Paul Timon says:

    I saw this picture a while ago and thought it was excellent considering the light source! It’s even better now with the story behind it.

  8. A really beautifully written post Petra, very special. Once again – I love that shot and you really did it justice in your piece.

  9. aafke says:

    ah, i thought you’d have some dundalk or charleville here… :(

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