Ancestral Notes

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I’m The One Holding The Camera!

I have been looking through my photos, getting ready to scan a lot of them, and I was reminiscing, as we all do when looking at family photos. I found all of the pictures I have of my mother, not very many, either she was on the other end of the camera or there was no camera available to take pictures.

I started looking at how many pictures I had of myself, not too many, and I decided that I would have to start letting other people take pictures so that my kids would have some photos to remember me by. I can’t use the excuse of not having any cameras around, I have a 35mm Minolta, two digital cameras and hubby has one on his phone, but I’m usually the one taking pictures. What I have to do from now on is either have a mirror in the picture that I’m taking, get my timing right so I can use the timer on the cameras or let someone else take some of the pictures.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has done this, whether you are the one behind the camera or you are camera-shy and don’t like your picture taken. Take stock of the pictures that you have of yourself, and see if you are satisfied with what you are leaving for future generations to remember you by. What do they collectively say about your life? Do they show a mosaic of who you are, what you enjoy doing, where you’ve traveled, the milestone events in your life, the humourous times? If you aren’t, then give the camera to someone else the next time you take it out, and “Smile”.

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2 Responses

  1. twigstoroots says:

    Wow, Earline – this has so struck a chord with me. I am the one taking the pictures and have always hated the way I generally look in pics. You have made me realise that we have zillions of pics of my husband, kids and animals etc. but like you, not many of myself. Thanks for the great post. I'm definitely going to take stock and remedy this. At least you can easily eliminate the bad with digital :DKaren

  2. Earline Hines Bradt says:

    I have a bad habit of being a camera hog, I have more pictures of my fish tank than I do of myself, lol.

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