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... Mamma.....

... Mamma.....
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Copyright: John van Aarle (JohnTulip) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3349 W: 798 N: 8612] (35303)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-14
Categories: Event, Decisive Moment
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS, CF SanDisk III 8 GB, B-W UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-19 13:50
Viewed: 3648
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For 'Mamma' ..

...... (!!!no points please!!!)......

Treklens .. this photo , taken on the Island of Capri, is for my Mother .. who is fighting a hopeless fight ..entering slowly the world of shadows

On the last night of our Cruise near Barcelona, I received a phone call of close friends living in Mom's town .. telling Yolanda and 'moi' the 88 year old girl was taken to hospital in terrible pain ..

Mom had a huge operation and all ended well... that is .. not the brain ...

Mamma is sliding away to the shadow land...

I am so sorry Mom.. you are in a swamp..I am on the shore.. my rope is to short .. slowly you sink deeper..
I am so sad .. in tears I cannot reach you .. !!!!!

Thank you Mom for all I am .. thanks to you Girl ..

You . of 9 brothers and sisters .. the smallest ..the youngest..

You only went to basic school ..you managed darn well in life ..
You where always there for my Sisters and me..

Hang in there Girl !!!

Lets have a few fine last evenings together
and I do not blame you for the 600-1000 km ,
I have to drive each week for the last Month, since we live in different towns, and I will continue to support you !

That is why we are called Family and NOTHING can match with what you have given us in your life!

Tomorrow you are entering a new phase in your fight:

The Rest-house ..

where they will take care of you ..

I love you Girl and I am proud of You !!!!!

With all respect :

Your loving Son !

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Oh my Johnny, you have me in Tears! I am so sorry your mom is slipping away, but we will ALL be together again someday! Hold on to that one! This is a superb post, she will see it soon and know that you are a wonderful son! Praying for you!

Very moving John, good you are able to show your feeling so public. Great and fitting post.

  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-06-19 15:18]

A very fine tribute to your mother, John. My deepest sympathies

  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2522 W: 368 N: 2626] (11964)
  • [2008-06-19 15:47]

A very nice portrait, John. Shooting people in crowds can be tricky (if you have to cut through faces or limbs) but you could avoid that here. The out-of-frame technique really works here.
Ann en ik wensen jullie veel sterkte en goede moed. Doe je moeder de groeten van ons...

hi john, very touching, your mother is a lucky woman to have had you in her life, very nice heart felt words, take care john, had to give you points, hope thats ok

Sure hope your mother can make it through.
Lost mine 18 years ago. I can feel your pain.
Hang in there.

Dear friend Johnny,
It was like writing a message in a bottle
A compliment done in honor when she is still alive!

Crying here :( After I met her...she asked me promise that whenever I'll come next time to Breda, will spend one full night and day with her.
It is hard, very very hard.
Yes, she is sweet mother, and you are one proud son there.
We consider mother above God in our culture.
This photo is full of your emotion, and buddy, you also hang-in there please.


edición bien lograda te felicito

  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-06-19 20:18]

Hi John,
I am so sorry for your mom! You are a loving son and your note touches me more that you can believe. My mother was in this state, during nine years. It was impossible to communicate with her during this time!
I wish that you live this hard moment with serenity. For her, I wish that she is treated with dignity and love!
My thoughts are with you!

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  • Somu Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 17 N: 16] (180)
  • [2008-06-19 20:26]

Hello John

Excellent shot. Nice details. Well composed. Good Notes too.


hello John
how are you?
i am so sorry for your mom's health, she be better soon dear. i'll add her health problem in my daily prayer, she will be back in her good helth soon.

this is an incredible shot with perfect technicalities,

God bless her and her family.

  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2008-06-19 22:37]

Beste John,
Ik ben er stil van......
De wijze waarop jij je gevoelens, je eerbied, dankbaarheid en liefde voor je moeder, onder woorden kan brengen.
Heel veel sterkte voor de komende tijd toegewenst!
Hartelijke groet en gevoelens van medeleven uit Renesse,

merhaba sevgili dostum john tulip
excellent portrait picture.wonderful musician and colours.good composition.
çok güzel olmuş.tebrikler.
gürkan akçakır.

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-06-19 23:48]

Wonderful tribute ...

my thoughts are with you,

Hi dear John,

This is a very impressive post. You made a great tribute to your beloved mother. I'm thinking to you and her in these hard moments.
Best wishes,

  • Hendrika Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1807 W: 665 N: 4483] (19218)
  • [2008-06-20 4:47]

Een fase in je leven waarop je je moeder ziet wegglijden in een onbereikbaar gebied - dat moet vreselijk moeilijk zijn John.
Ik hoop dat mooie herinneringen uit jullie leven haar gedachten vullen - een prachtig eerbetoon aan een moeder.


Hi dear bro, my dutch mom is suffering. All my thoughts are with you! What a beautiful dedication and the portrait of the trumpetist perfectly done.

Your words are touching, you are a great writer.

Take care, sis.

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-06-20 6:54]

Oh John, you have me crying and I can’t see to type. Your words are touching and so well composed. As you may or may not know I just went thru the loss of a love one who fought the battle and lost last month. If I only had words like these to tell her before she went to the shadow land. As to the image it is a wonderful tribute and perfect with the out of frame touch. Oh gosh.. so very very touching and I added you to my prayer list. This deserves extra points, so I choose not to honour your request, this time.
Warmest Regards and a Hug

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-06-20 9:34]

Hi John
My best wishes for a quick recovery and nice reunion with her.
Best wishes

The points are for the compo and the wishes for you and her

  • Janone Gold Star Critiquer [C: 3409 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-20 10:49]

Sorry to hear about your mama, John.
Notting last forever, we are also coming nearer to the day.
Not only friends are getting older.
The picture sounds it very well. Good upload for this occation.
Wij wensen jullie allemaal heel veel sterke.
Meri en Jan

  • Refugee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3317 W: 415 N: 7009] (25554)
  • [2008-06-20 12:52]

Nice focus on the one musician John with good colour and light. All the best for your Mother.

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  • kross1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
  • [2008-06-20 21:41]

Hi John,
Your note is very touching and sad. My family will keep you and your family in our prayers. The pic. is incredible as usual but your love for your mother as posted in your note is awesome. As Linda said, one day we will all be together again.

Hello John.
Beautifull writing and very good shot.Your words are touching.

  • Romeu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 306 W: 0 N: 220] (1859)
  • [2008-06-21 4:22]
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Hi John,

sorry for your mom health problems, i hope she gets better.

Nice shot my frien, amazing post!

Best regards,

Hi dear friend John, I'm sad with you, I hope that your mother can see this lovely dedication, splendid portrait of musician with intense expression, excuse me if I see your photo only this evening, all TL friends are with you, ciao Silvio

  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-06-21 12:13]

Wishing you the best,

I hope your mamma gets better.

My best regards


Hoi John,
Sorry voor je moeder. Echt heel vervelend lijkt me dat. Mijn moeder is 78 en het gaat nog goed .... maar dat moet ik natuurlijk 'afkloppen'.
Sterke note, en een sterke plaat daar bij. Goede presentatie van deze erg goede foto.
En ik geef tóch punten, nee niet aan jou dit keer ... maar aan je moeder ....

  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-06-23 5:00]

Hello John,
I'm sorry about your mama and I hope she get's better.
Sincerely yours, mb

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2008-06-23 10:49]

Hi John
Great action shot.Very nice sharpness, colour and detail.well done!

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2008-06-24 4:28]

Hallo John
Wat een passie en expressie straalt hij uit.
Gr Jos

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-06-24 8:27]

Oh John, I am so sorry your mom is slipping away. Hold on to that one.
This is a superb post, she will see it soon and know that you are a wonderful son! Praying for you.

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2008-06-24 11:12]

Oh John,

Herrliches Photo, Dein Ausflug musste schön gewesen sein, das zeigt uns Dein Bild mit den wunderschönen Farben. Ein tolles und originelles Foto.

Liebe grüße aus Freising.

  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2008-06-25 15:34]

Hi John and Yolanda.
I am so sorry to hear that you mom isent better, happy that I got the opertunity to speek to her, se sounded that healthy and happy.
If you can give her my best wishes - I wish her the best.
My thoughts are with you and you are reciving my deepestsympathies.

The best, very best wishes from
ps. Susan says hallooo.

My dear friend John,
Like all those who are your friends, I'm pained by this bad news that affects you and your family on the health of your mother.
But What a beautiful proof of love that your love letter! That intense moments you have to live in his presence allows you to do all that the path it will take a more gentle and quiet.
My deepest sympathies.

  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-06-30 8:21]

A wonderful and beautiful picture and note for your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Loup Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 73] (1327)
  • [2008-07-04 22:18]

Hi John,
I am so sorry for your mother...
My deepest sympathies!
Full of emotions in this shot and note.
P.S.Sorry !I dont see before long time I dont come on TL (health).

  • logios Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 27 N: 279] (1870)
  • [2008-07-08 9:53]

My dear friend John

I want to express the deeper condolences for the loss of your mother. You have found the right words and so well composed to explain your feelings in publicy. Your mom will be proud of you over there.

I can imagine your anxiety, of not being able to be there for her, but your mother knows what a devoted and loving son you are.
Your testimonial to her is very touching, it does help release some of the pain you are presently feeling. I never knew the love of a mother as I lost mine when I was extremely young, but I did go through this with my Dad.
Hang in there and keep hoping for the best.

Hi John,
I'm really sad... Just returned to the site after a long break, clicked Your gallery and this is what I saw and read... I'm really sad. Praying for her.
Respectfully Yours, László

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother, John! I wish nothing but the best, to the both of you. I pray for her and for you to have strength and courage to pass through these difficult times.

My good friend,

I hope that in this moment of trial, you will have the strength to face the challenge. I am very sorry and I had spoke to her on the phone not so long ago and I was amazed about how she handled a conversation at her age!
Our thoughts are with you,

  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2008-07-20 15:51]

Hi John,
Toutes mes pensées sont avec toi et ta famille pour ce moment. Bel hommage pour ta mère qui était sûrement une grande dame. Amitiés

P.S.: J'ai été agréablement surprise d'avoir un bonjour de toi sur mon répondeur. On s'est manqué mais meilleure chance la prochaine fois :)

  • billy-m Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 383 W: 73 N: 726] (6314)
  • [2008-07-22 4:06]

I know how you feel cause I had this with my dad....I'm with you....

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2008-07-23 15:36]

Dear Sir John,

I am really sorry to read that your mom is under the clouds. Of course some moments of life are such that touch the soul and makes us feel deeply. I shall lit up a candle for your mom in the church this sunday.

With sincere regards.

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-07-25 5:00]

Hi John...
Great tribute to your beloved mother...
- Nice Note...
- You are a great writer...
- Excellent shot, colors and details...

Rgd. George

  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2008-08-28 14:47]

Sorry to just read about your mother John..I hope she is now fairing well in the Rest Home.
kind thoughts are being sent to you.

All the best and a hug

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