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A Father’s Day homage

I thought it would be cool to honor my Dad with this image on Father’s Day.

This is a close up of the striking surface of a wooden mallet. It’s one of my Dad’s tools and it really brings to life the

history of blows the hammer made while in his hands.

He passed away in 1987 and I still really miss him but when I photograph his tools I feel closer to him.

photo details: Zeiss 100mm macro lens on a D800.

 

 


 

 

Walking in the Garden

My father and I, we walk together

along the uneven rows

among the moist and musky plants,

cool dirt between our toes

I think of when he left me

it tore me completely apart

and I’ve labored hard like Sisyphus

to mend my broken heart

Recently I’ve been seeing him again,

in very unlikely forms,

every man I come in contact with

is my father miraculously reborn

We’ve been working very hard together

healing wounds and speaking our needs

we’ve been crawling around getting dirty

planting our healing seeds

My father and I have a lot more work to do

digging in the dirt

opening our hearts, looking inside

and mending tremendous hurt

Oh we’ll weep and wail and laugh and lament

sometimes we might even fight

but we’ll tend to  our neglected garden

in the magic of the soft evening light

-David Moenkhaus

© David Moenkhaus

Art © David Moenkhaus

My Dad was a really great guy, and one of the many great gifts he gave me was teaching me to work with my hands.

He taught me how to work with wood and how to be a really good model maker too. I was able to use those skills years later in Detroit building models and miniatures for the movie,  Evil Dead II. I worked at a special effects and animation studio in Detroit called Illuminations and we built models, and miniatures for the now cult classic.

Later when I moved to Chicago, I was able to put those skills to use again as a model maker at Richard Rush Studios.

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