I have one album with old photos from my early 20s. The era wherein I met Dan. The era wherein I stopped living in Texas after four years of higher education and decided to hedge my bets in St. Paul, Minnesota. I was flipping through this collection of photos the other day and lingered a bit longer than I usually do on the image above.
I’m 99 percent certain it was a self-portrait taken with my very first point-and-shoot style camera. At the time, I had a classic Nikon F3 film camera, but this new fangled point-and-shoot was so much more fun, if only for the self-timer function alone.
I adore this photo for the details of my life in 1989. The R.E.M. and Joy Division posters. The black-and-white striped comforter. The black and white desk which I still have and in fact, the white cabinet? In my bedroom to this day. Scary but true. The painted black lamp on my desk that presently makes its home on Cole’s desk. The little photo of Dan at the top of the bulletin board. The Aveda products. The robe on the door. Little details of my space and my life.
I want more photos like this.
I know as memory keepers who love photography, we do strive to take great shots of everything. Sometimes, we go overboard, like when we decided it was cool to take super moody shots of our four-year-olds
I mean, there’s nothing wrong with this shot per se, but people… he was FOUR.
I just wish I had more photos of the kids in their spaces.
I have a few, emphasis on few. I have been looking through my photo library for two shots that I know exist: one wide shot of Cole in his room after it had been IKEA-ed. And one of Aidan sitting on the floor in her room. I’m sure these images would make this post much more impactful or at the very least, remind me to start tagging my images in metadata.
But I did find these.
Yes to these.
I did a post and a layout back in 2012 sort of along these lines. About the quest for more real life. More detail. More of the minutiae that makes up our stories.
I’m so glad that little point-and-shoot had a self timer.
That is all.
Just a reminder that I’m broadcasting a sneak peek of my album project from the upcoming 30 Days of Thankful e-Course. You can follow me on Twitter and Periscope. My handle is @CathyZielske. I will be archiving the broadcast on Katch if you can’t make it to the live broadcast. I’m also planning to take all the questions from the broadcast and answer them in a blog post as well. In that way, I can focus on showing you the project in a timely manner rather than trying to turn pages and answer questions as I go.
Looking forward to doing the Periscope and launching this new workshop tomorrow!