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Chiaroscuro

6 May

Chiaroscuro is Italian for ‘light-dark’ and refers to the masterly and subtle use of pigments and shading to suggest depth and solidity. My friend, Robert Twigg, a film maker, follows in the footsteps of Carravagio, that great exponent of ‘light-dark’, in his documenting of the craftsmanship of local Sheffield artisans.

 

Unfortunately we cannot get to edit the reel of our lives like a film maker. We only have one take and our triumphs and mistakes tend to be starkly outlined – in black and white.

It will be two years this summer since my daughter Polly married her fiancé Alan Howden.

‘Father of the bride’ is one of the most gratifying roles a man can be asked to play. The requirements are very straightforward: look smart, make a short respectful speech welcoming all the relatives and guests at the wedding breakfast, bust a few moves on the dance floor, bask in the radiant glow of your lovely girl’s happiness and take a back seat. The father’s role requires ‘chiaroscuro’, a little light and the shade to illuminate the substance of the main players – the one’s you love.