Douglas Harrington Photography | Lonely





This image entitled “Lonely” was captured on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, NH at Lake Massabesic. This image captures exactly what I saw that day.  A sailboat, all alone…but was it really? Here is the story behind the naming of this image.

Walking along the lakefront, I noticed a frail old man sitting on a park bench.  He was sitting there, staring into the fog that covered the lake.  He looked so sad and lonely. I didn’t want to bother him so I went about my business. 

I continued on my travels, looking for just the right place to snap a few photographs. I started driving around the lake, and before long, I found this old and lonely sailboat.  At first, it was hard to see in the fog, but it’s bright yellow color shined through it. I pulled up and started snapping a few pictures.  You’ll notice, just off the starboard side, is another boat, hiding even deeper in the fog. 

I paused for a minute to reflect on what I was looking at.  It was more than just a couple of old sailboats, there was a message there too.  I remembered the frail old man sitting on the park bench.  I thought to myself “We are never really alone, there is always someone there to help us.”  At that moment, I knew the sad and lonely looking old man I had seen sitting on the bench would be ok. 

I’ve captured many images over time.  Each one has a meaning of it’s own.  This photograph means so much more, as it has a very special message behind it.  Every time I see it, I am reminded of that frail old man sitting on the park bench that day. 

This image is not available for purchase, as It is given to select individuals.  These individuals go far above and beyond the call...every time, with out hesitation.  This image will only be printed eleven times, each of them signed and numbered.  As of June, 2013, five of the eleven have been awarded.