Why do YOU take photographs?

Your grandmother is holding your mother in her arms, your aunt and great grandmother stand next to her, smiling proudly at the camera.  In the background you can just make out those curtains which feature in so many of your mum’s childhood photos.  Memories.

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Me, with my great grandmother. I remember climbing the wall you see in the background in order to see the cows in the next field.

With special permission from the M.O.D.  I was able to capture images of a small nuclear submarine in a dry dock, unusual shots for so many reasons, but part of a project for my photography qualifications entitled ‘Power’.  History, although I had no idea at the time.

A recent commission saw me taking photographs of my home town of Petersfield, more history in the making, I hope.

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The Heath Pond, Petersfield

Photographs create amazing backdrops to our lives, quietly narrating the rhythm of our everyday surroundings.  The value in a photograph only increases with time, go and take a look at some old photographs.  How do they make YOU feel?

It’s so important to take photographs for future generations and also important to be in them, so your generation have memories to look back on too.  Mothers in particular are reluctant to be in a photograph with their children.  “I haven’t lost the baby bulge”, “I don’t have any make-up on”, “my hair’s a mess”, “I’m not wearing my best jumper” sound familiar?  What do you think a child sees in a photograph of you, especially if they’re in it?  They don’t see the ‘messy hair’ or the ‘baby bulge’, they see their mum (OK so they may laugh at the fashions but hey, cringing is part of the fun!).  What do you think about the photographs of your family from years gone by? Exactly.

My Dad, a keen photographer, recently emailed 200+ photos of my childhood , some of which I’d never seen before.  This is my history and I am sharing it with you.

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Me, aged 4 with my Mum in the background

The memories came flooding back and it was lovely to see them again. Every year, a photo yearbook is created of our holidays, sports, first days at school and so on and not only do I give them to grandparents as part of their Christmas gift but I give one to each of my children.  They have now built up a substantial library of memories, and they love taking the books out and remembering, or settling an argument over who did what, when.  They love that their history is being preserved not only for them, but perhaps for their children one day too. So remember to take time to print out some of your photographs, ensure that the prints are made with archival inks and archival or museum grade paper (most on-line printers do, but home-printed images are likely to fade) then future generations can enjoy history and memories too.

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My lovely childhood dog! I used to love grooming his fur!

So what are you waiting for?  Off you go and take some history and preserve those memories!!