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Weihnachten, Christmas Day 2012, Bielefeld, North-Rhine Westphalia, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Deutschland,

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, fifty-three

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

25 December 2012.

I look at this image with fondness and bittersweet ache.

I’m in Bielefeld for Christmas, and I’m at the family home of Dr. S with his wife and two daughters. There is warmth, laughter, and the low murmurs and snippets of chat about the best possible recipe or step forward at the stove. I have to hold onto this tiny spark in time, that’ll be lost forever if I don’t grab my camera. In truth, this is the kind of thing I’ve always yearned for and avoided at the same time. But, the flicker is strong in the moment, and this memory will remain true and long.

He passed away suddenly in July 2020. I miss our chats, especially about American football because he was a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Vikings.

I made the image on 25 Dec 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and these settings: 1/20-sec, f/3.5, ISO800 and 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as

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