A Red Tulip - A Forlorn HopeMonday, April 28, 2014
Forlorn hope is an expression that has changed in the many centuries that it has been in use. At one time it was about a group of handpicked soldiers sent on a difficult mission in which the chances of a return were limited. From there the expression became attached to the idea of doing something in complete futility. The opportunity of a forlorn hope return became nonexistent and suicide mission was the new definition of forlorn hope.
But the word all by its own, forlorn is all about being alone and or abandoned.
In the late 80s Rosemary was keen in planting spring bulbs in our garden. As soon as her interest in perennials became paramount the spring frenzy for bulbs faded away.
But every year in a couple of spots in our garden there are two clumps (two flowers each) featuring red tulips with a throat of yellow. They look odd, a splash of extreme colour in a garden with as yet none. I felt almost saddened when I cut one of these forlorn tulips, sheer survivors of an era of our garden. If anything I felt admiration for their persistence for coming back.
I was instantly rewarded by the first scan. There is a touching delicacy in the image. I then proceeded to scan it in other angles as it began to collapse. I am unsure if I should do this backwards or forwards. Whichever way I may do it, I understand that this magazine photographer enjoying his moment of obsolescence and redundancy shares something with the forlorn red tulip. If anything we both have a dogged desire for survival.