The Lost Earring

On a moist and murky morning I accompanied Jackie to Lymington Hospital for a follow up examination after her recent x-ray. She saw a thorough and helpful physiotherapist who will now refer her for an MRI scan of her knee.

Serious rain set in for the afternoon during which I scanned another batch of uncatalogued black and white negatives. As far as I can tell I took the photographs in 1982, probably whilst on the Fontaine holiday.

Among this collection are five images featuring Jessica’s hair, her neck, an earring, and a bikini strap. I couldn’t pick out a favourite.

Jessica's hair, neck, cord 1982 01Jessica's hair, neck, cord 02Jessica's hair, neck, cord 03Jessica's hair, neck, cord 04Jessica's hair, neck, cord 05

Can you?

Soon after this series was taken, Jessica lost the earring. Has anyone seen it?

Purely by coincidence, we repeated what we had done on our last trip to Lymington Hospital, and returned to the town in the evening to dine at Lal Quilla where we enjoyed just as good a meal with friendly and efficient staff as we had had on our first visit. We both drank Kingfisher.


  1. These are so unusual and I’ve never seen a photograph of someone’s neck before. Of course, it helps that Jackie has a pretty neck! Number 2 and Number 5 are the best. It is because the hair and the denim strap bow mimic each other, though each is of a completely different texture, the graceful lines of her hair are soft, while the denim is stiff. Great photograph.

    1. Good to hear from you Alex. 4 is definitely the favourite. Apart from lightening up one of the images a bit, I haven’t really done anything out of the ordinary. My Scanner is V750 PRO; the film was Ilford; the camera probably Olympus OM2. Maybe I was just lucky 🙂

  2. I could go with photo 4. However, I prefer the shapes and angles created by the light and shade in photo 1. Having said that… I’m unsure about the earing in this shot: it would maybe have been better showing full rather than edge on. But I would have like to see it before I made up my mind. Now, if I was making a painting, I could try both!
    By the way, do you know roughly where Jessica lost the earing?
    X John
    PS Empathy over Jackie’s knee problem.

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