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Full Circle by WayneBenedet Full Circle by WayneBenedet
Within the stories of many cultures and religions, there are parables of persistence. Usually those stories involve asking for something that is right, good or just. The basic concept behind the stories, is that we should feel free to ask shamelessly over and over, when the object of our petition is justified, good or righteous. In these cultures and religions, this kind of petition is a positive value that is encouraged. The story of this truck, is like that.

A fellow by the name of Oliver called me and asked me to visit him. He had seen an article on my work and wanted to show me an old Diamond T truck. I visited him on May 18, 2010.

As Oliver tells the story, his grandson Matthew (20) came to him one day to ask about a truck. Oliver was working on a ladder and so when Matthew asked him if he had ever owned a Diamond T. he was too busy to discuss with his grandson, but he told Matthew that his great grandfather (Mike) had owned one. He then dismissed his grandson telling him that the truck was long gone and he should just forget about it.

A few days later Matthew returned. Again he approached his grandfather saying that he had found a Diamond T. He wanted to know if it was possible that it was originally owned by his great-grandfather, Mike. Once again Oliver was busy, and once again brushed him off by telling him that it was impossible to be the same one because it probably had been melted down for the metal and he should just forget about it.

Undeterred, Matthew approached his grandfather a third time. He wanted him to at least go and look at it. Once again Oliver made excuses, and told him that it was not possible. But this time, Matthew had had an impact on his grandfather and the thought of the Diamond T began to work on him. So he drove to where Matthew had told him truck was located, and sure enough, it was the same truck his father had owned. And, his fathers name was still on the side. In Oliver's words "the were these two lights on the fenders, and it was like they were talking to me." At that point Oliver decided to speak to the current owner to see if he could buy the truck. He now ones the very Diamond T that his father Mike bought in 1936 or 37.


In my mind this is a beautiful story of persistence that paid off. In addition to the posting of this truck in my main gallery, I have also posted two other pictures on my support gallery.

The first shows Oliver sitting on the side of the truck when he was perhaps 6 years old. [link]

The second, is Oliver now, sitting just as he did as a young boy. [link]

My thanks Oliver for calling me and introducing me to Matthew and his fathers truck. And a special thank you to Matthew for daring to be persistent, and for sending me the additional pictures to support this submission.

(Note, I will have to return later this summer to take some additional images because the lighting was not ideal for the placement of the truck. Thanks Oliver for giving permission for that additional foray).
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:iconbronyofequestria142:
BronyOfEquestria142 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice truck
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k-h116 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing story great truck :D
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tterrag7991 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow it is amazing how out of all the Diamond Ts in the world he get's reunited with the exact one from his childhood
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
it is an amazing story.
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anjaleck Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing this. I was deeply touched by the story.
Hugs,
Anj
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Oliver is a great guy, his health is not great though.
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anjaleck Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate it that people grow old.

I have a friend... cyber friend only... she lives in Florida. We have both lost children, and that is a really strong bond between us. She is quite elderly and when I don't hear from her I am always concerned. This time the worry was justified because she'd been in the hospital. It breaks my heart to know I will lose her one of these days. She told me her daughter had to come live with her because she just couldn't take care of herself anymore.

The interesting thing is that I know one day I'll be there... but that doesn't bother me. :D

Hopefully you'll have many more chances to talk to Oliver before he goes.
Hugs,
Anj
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
thanks,

I just sent Oliver's grandson an e-mail. That is really the best connection I have to Oliver.

Loss is definitely part of life, and the last year has been that for our family. But it is also part of what we must learn to accept, hopefully with joy and grace. I am not sure how well I am doing with that last bit but I shall keep trying.

What I have found with the older people in my life is that they have become more and more special to me as they have aged. The problem here of course is that when they go, it seems to hurt more. This summer we lost my father-in-law, and my mother-in-law is not well. In addition, both my parents have had problems that have required hospitalization, and now nursing home. For the present, everything is stable... but as you say it is all time limited.
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anjaleck Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hopefully with your mom and dad and mother-in-law, you will have a chance to treasure what time you have left. Please accept my condolences and pass them along to your wife. I am so sorry to hear that she's lost her dad. Losing moms and dads is really hard and painful.

I lost my mom in 1997, my dad in 2002 and my daughter in 2006. My stepmother is the only older close relative I have left and she has cancer. Thankfully, the pet scans are showing the tumors haven't grown since the last scan. What breaks my heart in her case is that she lives a good 1000+ miles from me and I can't go to see her. Maybe something good will happen this year and I'll be able to do so. I haven't seen her since my dad's funeral.

I have my other daughter and my grandchildren and I treasure them.

Nostalgia is one of the things I like about your photos... they point back to an older time. I've always liked older things... cars, houses, collectibles, etc. The feelings your photos give me is that you have at least a measure of this in your soul too.

Take care!
Hugs,
Anj
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Loosing people close to us is a part of life. No one has bee spared, and awe must all learn to accept the difficulties it brings. I know how you feel about someone close being at a distance. Both my parents (divorced) lived 10 hours away. But in December, my father relocated so that he is now only 40 minutes away. That means I can see him every week, so this is a blessing.

My boys continue to bring me great joy. They are both building lives that any parent could and should be proud of.

I have not yet experienced the pain of loosing a child, and quite honestly I hope I do not have that opportunity. I am note sure I would cope with it very well. I imagine it would be very much like loosing a very large part of myself.

I suppose my work is nostalgic. And I also suppose that is why it speaks to people. It is not that I actually set out to make it this way, but it seems to happen. Part of, and perhaps most of the reason that I photograph the subjects that I do, is because they are available.
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anjaleck Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Having your father close so you can see him more often is such a blessing and I'm glad you have it.

I can honestly say, Wayne, that I hope you NEVER have to go through losing a child. You have it right when you say it is like losing a large part of yourself. The only thing I can liken it to that comes close is that it's like losing a part of your soul. Nothing is ever quite the same again.

Well, you can say you photo the things you do because they are available, but you do it because they "speak" to you also, right? :nod: I really think that's got to be it because otherwise you couldn't make your photos "speak" to others, and you do. Whatever you do, keep doing it, K? I want to keep enjoying your photos. :D
Hugs,
Anj
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
yes it is great to see him. I was able to get out today again.

My best friend lost his son to suicide. I can feel that pain. I hope I never loose one of my boys.

I plan to keep going on my work. I have just launched a new series of pictures called voice of the pioneer and I have already booked three shows. I will need to get working on the images very soon. They are taken and processed, but not printed yet.
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Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
What a wonderful Story Thank you for Sharing
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
:) thanks SC
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Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
You are welcome W :)
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xcristi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Wow! Mixing up a deep blue sky with a green landscape is so pleasant for me! I really love it!

Keep up the good work. You have incredible pictures here. Thanks for sharing.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
thanks,

I will do my best
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional
nice old soul
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:iconwaynebenedet:
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
yes the truck... but Oliver (the owner) has a nice old soul too.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional
cool
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amcforeverman Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Cool story bro'
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timid-wolf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great story! thank you for sharing!
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Kaleidopsyche Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
This image and the story behind it illustrates perfectly what In Rust We Trust is about: the rusty relics' return, either restored or as rat rods or just oxidized artwork. They are all dynamic sculptures changing through time, and changing those who encounter them along the way.
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midnight-oyl Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Great story, and cool truck. It reminds me of a 1939 GMC that I took a picture of and will add to my deviations. If only something similar could come up with my old DeSoto Airflow and/or Simca 8 Sport- great cars that I kick myself for selling eons ago whenever I see one on Ebay or Barrett-Jackson.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
I like the story too. I have corresponded with Matt, the grandson a couple of times. He is really looking forward to fixing this truck up to be road worthy again.
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Diamond-T Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Well well well Wayne, You sure have done a nice write up and display here! I'm glad i was finally able to check out this page! great job! Hopefully it won't be to long before were able to get on the restoration process and take more shots of it!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Mey Mat, thanks.

Did Oliver get a look?

I am hoping to get back in july to take a few more shots.
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for sharing my friend. Wonderfull as allways :D
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow! If that doesn't bring a smile to your face, nothing will. Great shot!
-YD
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
thanks
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billshep Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Great story, wonderful truck and photo! If it had been standing outside all those years round my neck of the woods there really wouldn't be much left!
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:iconwaynebenedet:
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
I can see that.

The prairies are fairly dry, though this year we have become a jungle I am afraid. Lots or crop damage.
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Photoninja Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wonderful story. It's neat when there's a current human element attached to these classic vehicles.
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an awesome story and amazing to see the original pic too! :D Thanks so much for sharing this little story! :)
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
what a beauty :wow:
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backtothefuturegirl Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
that car is really cool
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TheMightyQuinn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Now you're going to have to restore it!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
lol....


well Oliver and Matt perhaps... but thankfully not me. :D
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TheMightyQuinn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
By the way,that's a great story!

They have to restore it.
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:iconwaynebenedet:
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
I hope they do too,

the frame needs work though.
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arianiv Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Gosh this photo is so bright and clear. The textures almost seem too perfect as if it's a virtual world. Amazing work as usual :D
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
thanks
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NigNag Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
outstanding
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Excellent work! :clap:
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Vipallica Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Very nice story and of course an awesome picture of a nice truck!
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retro2k Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, that is a very nice story! Very weird how objects come back to people... ;)
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
ya...but neat too.
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
beautiful story!!!!!
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wchild Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Student Photographer
:faint:

Indeed an interesting story behind an image. Only the way you can do it Wayne!

That is beautiful. I'm practically speechless...
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
thanks,

it all started with an article in the paper, then Oliver called me and it kind of just all fell into place. I just got the supporting pictures today, scanned them and mailed them back to Matt. This is a very interesting family that I shall visit again, 6 generations on the same land. Matt is 20 and he already owns land. If I remember right, Oliver still has the first car he ever bought.... like I say, I shall have to visit again.
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