|the farmhouse, 2016|
I am enjoying looking at images from 10 years ago, and seeing how my photography has changed -- not just subject matter, but also the quality of the image. I will still be shooting some similar subjects as a decade ago, but am choosier about it now.
Along the way, I looked at a series of images from June 2016, when we were visiting my mother-in-law (Charlotte Murphy) and family for her 90th birthday. Looking at them now, I was probably thinking at the time -- when will we be back to her house again? I shot a series of images inside the house that to me, captured how I would always think of her home. Charlotte is still doing well at 92, and I am impressed with her mental acuity and ability to be on her own. I tell her she's my favorite MIL, and that always get a bit of a chuckle. After knowing her for 42 years, she's probably heard most of my jokes at least twice.
|the road to the farm|
|Cat and stairs|
|Living room with desk and empty gun rack|
|Mementos on the mantle|
There is a different look to the two sets of images - indoors vs outdoors. The interior images, taken in the quiet morning are relatively sharp and focused. The "memories" are the objects depicting memories. Trinkets from trips, photographs, paintings, and the accumulation of a lifetime. These are purposefully shot to indicate those things. On the other hand, the outdoor images, shot with a CCTV lens on a Nikon 1J1 camera, are blurred, in soft-focus, and somewhat surreal. That's because we have a memory of the farm as it once was - a working dairy farm with many acres of land and crops. Now, it's a horse farm, owned by someone else, and partitioned off. While I photographed it in 2016, my mind was still imagining the scene of 40 years ago. That's how minds work. Our reality is shaped by our experiences. Memories are plastic, as well. I think this is why toy cameras such as the Diana and the Holga are great at producing images that make us think of memories.
|fence and trees|
As I looked through the images from the farm, I realized that I have many such series that have "photo essay" all over them. I will try and do more of these in the coming months.