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Remembrance (3)

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Remembrance Sunday, South Shields

Spit and polish

I sometimes like to look for shots that are a little bit different or unusual. This is one of them, taken at the Remembrance Day parade and service at Westoe Cenotaph, South Shields.

I wonder how many little boys are taught by their fathers these days to ‘spit and polish’ their shoes or boots to produce the sort of results that you would normally only see in the armed services, heck, even policemen only do it for special events now! It’s a an art and skill which is fast disappearing.

“Let’s see your face in them lad!”

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 200mm lens, 1/90 second, f6.7, iso 200



Written by curly

November 14, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. Another nice photo! A short story: I attended Catholic schools all my life, and in 9th grade, we had a priest who would check our shoes to make sure they were polished. . .If we had any scuff marks or dirt on the soles, or mud, or anything, he would give us demerits.


    November 14, 2007 at 3:58 am

  2. Great series of photos. I think I can see your reflection in the one boot. That is definitely an impressive spit & polish job.


    November 14, 2007 at 5:22 pm

  3. Very cool photograph. Thanks so much for sharing!


    November 14, 2007 at 9:53 pm

  4. I see you really enjoy Black and White photography 🙂
    nice photos 🙂


    November 14, 2007 at 11:51 pm

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