My Soap Box
Plain and simple: We do not take enough photographs of the every day moments that weave the fabric of our lives together. Sure, we all have a hundreds of photos of our lunch, a million selfies, and random street photography but when have you last taken an authentic moment of someone close to you, your family or best friends? Not in a cheesy pose, or acting inappropriate but a real moment that captures life’s precious memories.
We all have our cell phones ready for the birthday cake, opening holiday presents, graduation but what about the daily moments? A nap, a quiet time, homework or playing outside, I believe those photographs connect us more and create memories that hold our hearts. Of course we should have the wedding images, but also the photos from weeks before of someone addressing envelopes.
In my childhood, the camera was on the bookshelf and ready to used by anyone in the family. The camera was not stored away, only to be dusted off in anticipation of vacation or a birthday. So with cell phones, and point and shoots that are so affordable, take the time to make a photo this week of an ordinary, but authentic moment.
This photo is by Wendy Gay, a student of mine who took my GCC class. This moment of her daughter and grandson is true. It is beautiful, real and life at that moment. It tells the story of this relationship; it is the kind of photograph that I wish more people would take.
If your camera is out and ready and you have patience and calm - people will forget you are photographing or not even notice. Don’t announce it, just be mindful and true in what you to hold tight to.
This photo by Wendy makes me happy feel love and I have never even met her family. Thank you for letting me share this photo.