The Remains of the Day

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An old man looks out of the window of a Glasgow train on a rainy day.

To balance the bleakness of this image and the novel from which I've given it its title, here's a more contented view of old age from the fifth century Chinese poet Wang Chi:

'Tell me now, what should a man want
But to sit alone, sipping his cup of wine?'
I should like to have visitors come and discuss philosophy
And not to have the tax-collector coming to collect taxes;
My three sons married into good families
And my five daughters wedded to steady husbands.
Then I could jog through a happy five-score years
And, at the end, need no Paradise.'

Glasgow, 2006.

scottyperry, sgruntiver, julieds, and 335 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. © noborders 66 months ago | reply

    simple and so good !

  2. Gabriella Carta (Italy) 64 months ago | reply

    Please add this great image to
    the Nikon Award Group!
    www.flickr.com/groups/nikonaward/

  3. Gabriella Carta (Italy) 64 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Visto dai miei occhi / Seen by my eyes / Visto por mis ojos , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  4. Michael Garson 62 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called (Rain) Photography In the Rain, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  5. Tetley T 60 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Old men are beautiful, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  6. kasmoTsky [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

    this is a very beautiful capture, makes me wonder whats inside his mind or what to do next. great! :)

  7. HiYall 57 months ago | reply

    Use of tone, space, light and texture is compelling

    Via your photostream on Fluidr

  8. A Sajid 55 months ago | reply

    wow ! instant fav

  9. Rebecca812 44 months ago | reply

    Beautiful capture!

  10. glorialsupervia 43 months ago | reply

    Absolutely Great picture.

  11. Conbobulation 42 months ago | reply

    I think you would like Cicero's Treatise 'On Old Age'.

  12. richiebartlett 30 months ago | reply

    That is honestly the most stunning portrait I've ever seen.

  13. martinez_j1984 7 months ago | reply

    Your photos have such life & emotion, I love them. :)

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