Life moves on.  As Dylan Thomas so wonderfully put it, in Under Milk Wood, “Time passes.  Listen.  Time passes.”

And so to an Italian restaurant in a reasonably run down, seaside town, and five people around a table – already hitting the electric sauce, if only moderately, and good naturedly corralling a waiter into taking a snap of the occasion.  He was somewhat disconcerted by “Focus on the wine bottle!”.  While after “Squeeze yourself right back into that corner to get us all in!”, it had to be explained that we were not in fact all planning to try and get in the corner with him.  Ah, the youth of today …  But, anyway, here is the result.

So just who are these smiling worthies?  Well, as a landmark, something to navigate by when in distress on the sea, the lolling lout front right (magnified by proximity to the TG-5’s wide angle lens I might add) is me >>> does my tum look big in this??? 

Then the two women are the partners of the two blokes opposite me.

But the two blokes opposite me are the thing really, because we three were in the same school in the 1960s.  I’ve been friends with one nearest the camera for 60 years at least, we were in adjacent primary schools.  And the other is one of the two luminaries responsible for getting me into birdwatching in 1967, an interest that was to later take me to Kenya for 12 wonderful years – an experience from which, thank goodness, I’ve never quite recovered.

And although three of us live locally, the other very special thing about this occasion is that the other couple live on the other side of the world, so that we see them only very occasionally.

And so here we three are, back in our home town as it happens, and not a stone’s throw from the primary schools where two of us started out.  And we are all stunned by the fact that, having known each other since our childhoods, we are now all approaching our 70th birthdays.

“Time passes.  Listen.  Time passes.”

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

17 Responses to PEOPLE 374 – VERY OLD FRIENDS (MONO)

  1. Jane Lurie says:

    How very special, Adrian. You all look so happy. Where did the years go?? 🙂 Keep on enjoying!


  2. Meanderer says:

    What a wonderful warm photograph! It almost blows my mind to think of being in touch with and close to friends from Primary school days; how your relationships have endured for so long!

    Just wonderful and uplifting, my friend.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Great stuff, I’m really glad this touches you, M. Well, none of the three of us gets out much of course … but aside from that, the birding bloke and I have kept is touch because of birds (he works in nature/wildlife), and the other one lives in Bristol and, even if its only a Christmas card, we’ve always been in touch. I wouldn’t say that any of us are close to each other but, nevertheless, we’ve never been out of touch. A

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  3. Friendship like this are priceless. Fabulous shot. Cheers!


  4. bluebrightly says:

    Looking good! What a treat, to have a get-together with such old friends.


  5. …so beautiful, story and everyone in that table…(…smiling so much for all of you…)


  6. Sue says:

    Time does indeed pass….Tempus fugit and all that


  7. paula graham says:

    Those were the days…we never thought it would happen to us!!


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