The photo for this months ‘Photo of the Month’ is an old one – and not really an indication of the work I currently produce. It is however one that really inspires me, and gives a lot of meaning to the work that I do.
This month as we head toward Christmas, I want to inspire you to think about family, friends, and anyone else that has helped you to be the person that you are today. How do you remember them when you can not be with them? A photo is a powerful thing to help share those moments when we can not be with those we love, and to remember those we can not be with at Christmas. We have amazing technology now, and social media that allows us to send photos in an instant to those we love, and then they often respond with photos in return. We treasure these and ‘like’ them and in an instant share them with others so that everyone we know will see how much these people mean to us. We may never realise how valuable these photos are to some that we share them with. Imagine being alone and stuck half a world away from family at Christmas. Imagine how great it would feel to see photos pop up in your social media feeds so you can see what is happening. I know I would feel a little less alone, and a little closer to home – but that might just be me!!
So what about this months photo. This photo is one that I shot over 10 years ago. It is my Mum, and it was her birthday. She passed away a few months later, after a long struggle with cancer. This is my favourite photo I have of her – and as we approach Christmas I look at it and think about what she would be doing if she were still here with us. I think about the things she did for me, and how much she would have loved this time of year with all the grandkids (Sadly she never got to meet her grandkids). Each year I make a traditional Fruit Cake, and Christmas Pudding because that is what Mum always did at Christmas. Photos and food – what a great combination!
I will take quite a few photos at Christmas, and share a few with friends and family. Some may be nothing more than snap shots – but they are precious to me. They are my memories captured. Something I can go back to time and time again. So this Christmas make the effort to photograph those you love. Share your photos with those you love. Remember those you love!!!