I have been reading Elsie Larson & Emma Chapman’s book A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself. I never had much of an interest in photography until Instagram appeared and now I’m just the teeniest bit obsessed (as I may have mentioned here once or twice). I am enjoying the process of learning to express myself visually and figuring out how to tie that in with what I do musically.
I was particularly excited by their idea of recreating family photos in a modern way. My latest musical project is all about telling the story of three generations of women through music and this felt like another way to make that story come alive.
I started with one of my favorite childhood photos of myself (of course). When I look at it what surprises me is not how different I am now, after all, I was a tiny thing then and naturally there are many physical differences, but how many things are the same. I still love girly dresses in pretty colors, a great pair of Mary Janes, and spend entirely too much quality time with my phone. Even the dominant colors: green and yellow with a pop of red are some of my favorites.
The circumstances behind this particular photograph are lost to me. I know it was taken somewhere in Mississippi, and there are other photos of me in that dress at my birthday party so this may have been the same day. I do know that whenever I look at it makes me happy.
Recreating the snap was a pretty great experience too. Figuring out how to reference the original photo with the person I am now was an interesting creative challenge and it forced me to look at both mes, the little and the slightly larger one, with new eyes. Dragging Spouse into service as the photographer on this one added to the mix. He brought his own ideas and perspective and it was just plain nice to have a few minutes at the end of our crazy day to do something completely different together. I’m looking forward to trying this again soon!