Here are some of my oldest family image dating back to 1913. 1922 and an unknown one which depicts the little girl in the studio. The last image was taken a few months ago at an airfield with my mum.
What I love about these old family documents, they tell us something very important about how people communicated, visually and literally. So the postcard image of the woman nicely dressing in a formal hat, posed with a balcony in the background, is obviously well taken and would be a contact print of a 5x4 image taken in a studio, probably in London. On the back is a postcard template and a Wimbledon stamp. The writing reads Dear Elsie, just a pic of myself to wish you many happy remains of the day. Love to all. mabs?
To me I see this way of representation a sign of comfort within the family circle, also a symbolic representation of the subjects power, saying 'This is a pic of myself', so the viewer can see her and connect, the writing helps anchor the image to a sensitive narrative, one of openness and honesty, This document was obviously communication between two people, Elsie and Mabs. And this shines through in context.
What I absolutely love about the last image on here of my mother is that, it communicates something very important to me and i'm sure to her also. She is always rushing around, to do something, whether that is do the school run, go to work at 7am or go shopping early, she is onit! The most competent person I know and I think I will ever know, she is the manager of a garden centre and my boss at work too. Everything is kept in order because she cares, she has a wide knowledge of thing. So I photograph her when she is busy, when she is rushing around and when we have a lot of things to be getting on with. I use the camera as tool to create moments of pause, of clarity, of reflection, by capturing photographs my mum can look at her self still and calm, and whole, when she may actually need to. When we age and get old,