A life alone: An incredibly powerful short video

You try to live your life like you used to, and the “used to” isn’t there.

It’s gone.

Gulp.

This is an incredible five minute piece combining beautiful still photography, video, and audio, that in a few short minutes captures the depth of love and the tragedy of loss in the life of Tom Rose, who is struggling to cope with the loss of his wife of 63 years. It is a form of multi-media poetry, powerfully distilling decades of life and experience into a frame or a sob.

Be warned – it’s not an easy watch. It is, in the end, a scary dark patch in all of our lives, and the lives of those we love and care for; a price we pay for the joy of being together is the pain of being apart.

Big props to Maisie Crow for such a fine piece of work. Every part of it is quite something, and together the pieces pack an enormous emotional wallop. And thanks to FlakPhoto for bringing it to my attention.

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2 Responses to A life alone: An incredibly powerful short video

  1. Matthew S. North says:

    I’m not sentimental at all, but after watching this I felt like I was punched in the gut. Well, it’s 8:30 in the morning. I think I’ll go upstairs and see if my five year old daughter is awake. If so, I’ll give her a kiss and ask her what she’d like me to make her for breakfast, trying never to forget how short and precious my time with her is.

    • Phi says:

      I hadn’t really thought of it until your comment, but I think one of the great things about the video is that it isn’t sentimental or mawkish. It simplicity and directness greatly adds to its power; I think for example, that the fact that we don’t see that sob makes it even more effective.

      I hope you had a good breakfast together.

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