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Dundee Stu


15 February 2005

Two wonderful things have happened to me today. The first surprise came with the postman, who brought with him a package all the way from Montreal in Canada. When I say it was a surprise, I am exaggerating slightly, because I have been expecting it for a while. Still, whether expected or not, it was a nice thing to receive. Let me explain. A couple of months ago, an exceptionally talented Luso-Canadian photographer, Antonio Pierre de Ameida, dedicated a photograph to me. I was really taken aback: firstly because it is quite a tribute to receive recognition from such an exceptionally gifted photographer; and secondly because the photograph that he dedicated to me is an outstandingly good example of reportage photography (which is my preferred type of photography). I loved the photo and the dedication so much that I asked Antonio for a print, which I have now received, and which will shortly be hanging on my photo wall in the living-room. Thank you very much Antonio. The second surprise came when I was browsing through my favourite Pbase photographers' latest updates. I got to Gilles Navet's page - another wonderfully talented photographer - and discovered that he has dedicated his daily photograph to me; moreover, he has even emulated 'my style' (I didn't think I had such a thing!!!). This is an awesome tribute, and I am lost for words. To have photographs dedicated to me by photographers as talented as Antonio Pierre de Almeida and Gilles Navet is some tribute indeed, for in my opinion, they are up there amongst the best on Pbase. I am completely overawed by it all. Thank you. After all this excitement, I decided that I wanted to get out the house for a walk. I have been a prisoner in here since I came back from Portugal a fortnight ago. The neural inhibitors don't seem to be working, but I had to get out despite the pain. I thought that I would head up to the supermarket to buy a frame for the print Antonio sent me. I didn't try to walk this time, but took the bus. In itself, this got me down, because by the time I made it to the bus stop, which is only 50 yards from my front door, I knew that there was no way I would be able to walk any further. I feel like a prisoner with an indeterminate sentence hanging over my head. I just wish that this pain would go away and let me lead a normal life again.

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Karen Leaf17-Feb-2005 05:08
I think Lee said it right. Surrounded.
petesie17-Feb-2005 02:22
I do know how you feel, Stewart, because when you mentioned me in your commentary I was overwhelmed. You deserve the kudos, that is for sure, and my hope is that you will be on the mend soon. This is a wonderful representation of your frustration.
Guest 16-Feb-2005 23:13
We're in the midst of greatness!
Guest 16-Feb-2005 21:55
Oh Stu.. so sorry to hear it's still bugging you. Wonderful pic and sweet narrative:)
Guest 16-Feb-2005 21:42
Não hà dúvida que são dois fotógrafos com muito talento! O teu trabalho também traduz uma maneira diferente de ver as coisas, e verdadeiramente é um estilo que eu aprecio muito.
Leo Charette16-Feb-2005 17:44
Stu, so well presented. I keep hoping to read about a change in your condition.
Guest 16-Feb-2005 12:25
You did not know that you have your own style...well, many of us need their daily bowl !
I need it because of the photo (of course) but also because of the comment.
Your pics would not be the same if there was not your words coming with.
Today's a nice day, I had my daily bowl of you ;)
Cheers, Nicolas.
Karen Stuebing16-Feb-2005 11:18
First of all congratulations! I'm sorry to hear about your health problem. You photo conveys that trapped feeling very well.
Johan Toll16-Feb-2005 08:36
I really like this B&W, very nice! /Johan
Pepe Zyman16-Feb-2005 05:33
Good job and congtatulations
Antonio Pierre De Almeida16-Feb-2005 03:23
Gilles Navet16-Feb-2005 03:16
Stu, it's pleasure to do it for you.
I like people on PBASE who photograph and think "different", who take risk. It's what i like to see your PaD and your pic. I like B&W even though I do not enought.
So, I hope that you will be in good health quickly my friend and continu to give us your "Stu vision" of the world
Robin Reid16-Feb-2005 02:40
Wonderful tributes to you. I only wish they could assuage the pain.
Guest 16-Feb-2005 00:12
this is an apposite shot, stark in b&w but effective. sorry to hear you are in pain. my
better half suffers with a chronic pain condition so I have some insight
into what it can be like. try to keep smiling, hope you feel better soon.
Cheryl Hawkins16-Feb-2005 00:11
I've been laid up before, I could only get around in a wheel chair at first. It is very frustrating and challenging. You will be better in time.

The tributes are both wonderful, and so are your photographs.
Guest 15-Feb-2005 23:46
I really hope you start to feel better soon, it must be very frustrating not to be able to do the stuff you normally do and this pic fits your situation perfectly! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you ;-)
northstar3715-Feb-2005 23:44
Best of luck to you, hopefully it will pass soon.
Ian Clowes15-Feb-2005 22:05
Nothing less than you deserve!!! But bring back the Blutak people!!!!!
John Finlayson15-Feb-2005 22:00
Congratulations on these tributes, they are both exceptional photog's. It is a nightmare being immobile, I had some experience of this a couple of years ago after breaking my leg playing football (while trying to get fit !)
jude15-Feb-2005 20:56
"Now where did I put that dratted key?"..nice b&w tones..
I saw Antonio and Gilles tributes to you. Very cool - and great pics too.
Mattana15-Feb-2005 20:29
Open me!! Nice work.
laine8215-Feb-2005 20:16
This really conveys your situation Stu.
Zak15-Feb-2005 19:46
the world is maybe a safer place with you and the blutac men locked in ;-)
Gayle P. Clement15-Feb-2005 17:43
Excellent image to communicate your feelings, Stu. I hope everything is resolved soon!
Herb 15-Feb-2005 17:38
Stu, give it a few more weeks and then look into surgery. That was the best thing I ever did. Your symptons are very familier to me.
Great image.
jypsee15-Feb-2005 17:00
Hmmm....all locked up?
Argishti Khachik15-Feb-2005 16:16
Excellent work, Stu. Very well done.
Guest 15-Feb-2005 16:06
Antonio Pierre et Gilles are both excellent photographers and you too! interesting work