Patrick O'Brien

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‘Boyhood’

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Image: Boy with a violin
Copyright 2001 © Patrick O’Brien

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Love your children
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My two sons
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Suffer the children

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Free Palestine . . .

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I recently wrote on the Children of Palestine, my heroes, who, for more than 60 years, have been butchered, brutalised and imprisoned — silent witnesses to Israel’s cruel and brutal occupation of their home.

This week the UK Foreign Office released its new and shocking report on “Children in Military Custody” . . . which details Israel’s routine abuse and unconscionable practices in their treatment of Palestinian children and I have posted a selection of related reports, commentaries and references on my Wall at Google-Plus, here:

Suffer the Children
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“Children of Palestine”

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My Heroes (4)
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On grandmothers . . .

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Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

“A grandmother is a safe haven.”

~  Suzette Haden Elgin  ~
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The Client
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Portraits of a child (3)

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Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

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Photography: 101

“A portrait is not made in the camera, but
on either side of it.” ~
Edward Steichen
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My heroes (4)

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Image © Howard Davies

The Children of Palestine who, for more than 60 years, have been butchered, brutalised and imprisoned; dispossessed, their lands stolen and homes destroyed. And yet, despite these injustices, they remain undefeated — silent witnesses to Israel’s war on humanity.
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UK Foreign Office report
details Israel’s routine abuse
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unconscionable practices

Suffer the Children
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My Two Sons:

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Image: 1990 – Tahuna Beach, New Zealand

Yes, travellers also get to join the dance-of-life.

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– Little –

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Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

‘Jorja’

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I met her yesterday afternoon ... 
she calls the Gelfling . . . grandma .
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Portraits of a child (2)

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Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

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Photography: 101

“You don’t take a photograph — you make it.” Ansel Adams
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In the world of children . . .

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Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves,
and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever
explaining things to them.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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In earlier posts I’ve spoken about those precious moments in my life as a hitchhiker when people invite me into their homes and open their lives to me, even trusting me to photograph their children — a blessèd task made easier if the child accepts me in their world. This is Master D with little brother climbing on the camera . . . they adopted me.
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Portraits of a child (1)

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Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

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Photography: 101

“We do not take pictures with our cameras, but with 
our hearts and minds.” ~ Arnold A. Newman
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On life (3)

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Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

“The true object of all human life is play”

G.K. Chesterton  ~
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Precious moments:

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Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

“A cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing”

Oscar Wilde  ~

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In previous posts about hitchhiking, I wrote of exchanging my camera skills for food, water and a place to pitch the tent (here’s some examples: a girl’s bedroom, the client, and, the babysitter).

This business model works well, except with wealthy people, many of whom, unless charged an exorbitant amount of money for my images, regard them as having no value.

Not so with the poor — the grateful mother of this young man, for instance, overheard explaining my concept to sceptical friends: “It’s simple; Patrick comes to stay, we look after him for a few days, and after he’s gone we’re left with all these precious photos.”

Precious moments, priceless memories . . .
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‘Dereliction of Duty’

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Copyright 2012 © Gelfling

A Drowning Child:

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In her review of Undercover, the three-part television documentary featuring this writer, Diana Wichtel from the New Zealand Listener (*) wrote:

“The moral ambiguities of undercover work are revealed to be positively Byzantine — but the most terrible moment goes to Patrick O’Brien. He talked about the day at a beach when he didn’t go to the assistance of some distraught parents who were attempting to revive their drowned daughter. Trying to save her might have blown his cover.”

That evening I wrote a short poem, some blank verse. It was thirty-seven years ago this month, and, while the paper it was written on has long been lost, the words and memory will remain with me forever . . .

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A drowning child interrupted
proceedings at the beach
today
A crowd of nosey kids
and gawking adults gathered
to watch her die
Afterwards,
we got on with our sunbathing

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(*)  Review available here in PDF ~ “Secrets and Lies”
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The ‘client’

Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

In an earlier post on hitchhiking, I wrote about exchanging my camera skills for food, water and some where to pitch my tent — a fresh twist on singing-for-one’s-supper.

My ratio of male to female drivers is around 50/50 and, while not surprising, it’s worth noting that, as I grow older, so does the age of my female drivers. These days a lot of grandmothers stop.

Grandmothers make for both the best and worst of clients, in the sense that, while always keen to have portraits of their grandchildren, they often want to run the shoot. Many professionals ban mothers and grandmothers from their sets for this very reason.

I try and fit them in . . .
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On life (2)

Copyright 2011 © Patrick O’Brien

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“This world is a bubble”

~ Saint Aurelius Augustine ~
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A girl’s bedroom

Copyright 2011 © Patrick O’Brien

As a hitchhiker, I am frequently blessed when people take me into their homes and open their lives to me. In a fresh take on singing-for-one’s-supper, I will often exchange my camera skills for food, water and a place to pitch the tent. In this shot, the daughter of my hosts wanted a photograph about herself for use on social media . . .
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On life (1)

Copyright 2009 © Patrick O’Brien

“The souls of your children dwell in the house of tomorrow,
……which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams . . .
…….for life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.”

~ Kahlil Gibran ~
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