| Written by Ronnie |
I have a confession to make. I'm secretly 'auditing' Trish and Joel's Visual Storytelling online class. You know what I mean, right? When you sit in on a class but you're not officially enrolled. Anyway, we are currently up to Week Three in our lessons, and wow, I'm learning so much from those two masterminds. It's kind of one thing to be a brilliant photographer but it's a whole other ballgame to be able to distill your craft into words and images (and videos) that others can learn from. But boy do they do it well. In less than three weeks, I feel that I'm already telling better, stronger, and more emotional stories with my photography.
Inspired by their class, I've been much more mindful of the photos I take at home. I've been going beyond my usual portrait shots in an attempt to weave little stories here and there of our family life and everyday rituals. Over the weekend, I had the idea to sharing some of my visual stories here on the blog with you all. Hopefully, these visual stories will give you guys a bigger glimpse of our family life, and also prove that you don't need a big, professional camera to capture the story of your everyday. (I shoot on my Fufijilm x100s.)
These photos were all taken last Friday afternoon. It had been a very hot day, and the big boys had just arrived home from school and preschool. I was getting ready to go out to do some work and then have dinner with a couple of friends down by the beach. It was the most ordinary afternoon in every way but as I gazed around the room and watched everyone doing their own thing, I just knew that I had to document it. This was us. Our family. Our life. Our home. This was us.
Even though nobody is looking at the camera, these photos tell me so much about the boys, and where they are at right now. In particular, I love how attached Bear is to Rick. From the moment Rick came into the room, all he wanted was for Rick to pick him up and to carry him about. That very first photo says so much about their relationship and is no doubt one that I'll cherish forever.
Like my Brotherhood portrait series, I will most likely keep doing this series in black and white as well. In the past, I've found myself quite partial to some photos taken at home because I don't like the colour in them. It's only now that I'm learning what a difference it makes to simply turn those photos into black and white. By stripping the colour away, the story becomes the focus of the photo, and the photo is immediately beautiful because of the story.