Retouching

Retouching

A Story by Clyde Grauke
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flash non-fiction

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Now that I have retired, I have a little more time to do some of the things I have been wanting to do.  I recently found a way to make digital copies of some of the old 35 mm color slides my mother used to have.  These slides were among the things I brought back from her house after she was buried.  The old, faded pictures with all their scratches and spots that had to be individually restored.

 

While I was engrossed in this process of retouching the images I clicked on the next thumbnail, and I discovered, unexpectedly, that it was a photo of my mother retouching negatives.  She was leaning over, as she looked through the magnifying glass, sharp pencil in hand, to remove all blemishes and faults from the negatives…to make these studio photos look as good as possible for each individual.

 

I had watched her do this all through my childhood…as far back as I can remember.  The memories crowded around me as I meticulously retouched the photo of my mother retouching

 

Removing all blemishes…preserving the legacy…re-touching.

© 2009 Clyde Grauke


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There's probably a word for this experience, but I don't know it. Several times now, I've told people that I've become my father. I took lots of slides in the seventies, and know of this gizmo that lets you turn them into prints. The feeling you had when you found yourself mirroring the image of your mother must have been unique and strong. Though our vision may fade with age, we somehow see better. A really excellent work, Clyde.

Posted 5 Years Ago


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Clyde Grauke

5 Years Ago

Thank you for the very nice review. I like your sentence, "Though our vision may fade with age, we .. read more



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There's probably a word for this experience, but I don't know it. Several times now, I've told people that I've become my father. I took lots of slides in the seventies, and know of this gizmo that lets you turn them into prints. The feeling you had when you found yourself mirroring the image of your mother must have been unique and strong. Though our vision may fade with age, we somehow see better. A really excellent work, Clyde.

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Clyde Grauke

5 Years Ago

Thank you for the very nice review. I like your sentence, "Though our vision may fade with age, we .. read more
Beautiful...no other words I can say ..

Posted 11 Years Ago


isn't that what we do . . . varnishing our histories and our memories until they sparkle with perfection?

Posted 11 Years Ago



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Clyde Grauke
Clyde Grauke

Garland, TX



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I am a digital artist and writer. I write poetry and flash nonfiction short stories. I am retired. more..

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