Two Families

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"I have two families. One in the house and one in the garage." Dai is a photographer and his story reflects his love for his two families.


"I have two families. One in the house ... the other in the garage. I'm 77 years young. Left school at 14 ... worked down the mine at 15. Courted my wife for four years, married her and have been together for 46 years. We are now on our own, both children having left home.

Our daughter is a radiographer, is married with two sons. We have a son - unmarried - who is a chartered accountant. This is my first family who I really care for.

I have an unusual second family that help me out in my photography. They are my shop models. Standing and waiting for hours... even days. Co-operative, never complaining. My request is their command.

They have a downside, they don't cook for me or wash my pants... and they have cold feet in bed.

They are my stress unravellers and unwinders. Time with my models and photography, I feel creative and refreshed. When people laugh at my pictures it's a real bonus.

Go out there and create... anything. Get off the couch and live a life."

Sound - toilet flushing

By: Dai Evans
Published: June 2002

An interview with the author

What's your background Dai?
I was a miner when I was 14 years old, and a coal lorry driver before I retired in 1989. I am married with two children. I have a lot of interests, such as photography, gardening and enjoying being a grandfather. I am a member of 'Amman Valley Camera Club' and I'm also an active member of 'Swansea Camera Club'.

What exactly is this odd second family you have?
Well I'm not going to tell you that, otherwise there will be no point in people looking at my story. You will have to view my story fully to know that.

Did you enjoy the experience in the workshop?
Yes, thoroughly. These computers are very powerful things, and there are a lot of techniques I could have used to create my story. I saw the whole experience quite similar to photography in a way, similarities in the preparation work, and in other aspects it made me think about a tea-party.
As there is more than one technique to show the images, it was very easy to spoil the finished work. I think, the most important aspect of the whole process was to know when the story worked and when it didn't. Thank goodness I didn't eat that extra 'Chocolate Eclair'!

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