| Interview by Ronnie |
'From my memory box' is a heartfelt blog series, where we interview creatives whom we admire and find out about a personal keepsake of theirs that has special meaning for them and their families. Today we invite Katherine Heise, the talented Australian photographer behind the beautiful blog Lamb Loves Fox, to share something precious from her memory box.
Tell us a little about you and your family.
I’m a photographer and full-time mummy living on the east coast of Australia. I have two little kiddies, a determined two-year-old boy and a rambunctious five-year-old girl. Before I was a mummy, I studied photography. Ironically, it was never a passion of mine until I had children. For me, photography and parenthood go hand in hand. It’s a way of documenting childhood while at the same time coming to terms with its transience.
What sort of keepsakes do you have for your children?
Motherhood has a way of turning even the most pragmatic people into memento hoarders. Childhood is fleeting and fragile, and every moment is precious (most of them, anyway). Artifacts from every milestone are imbued with priceless memories. All helping us to remember, and at the same time, marking the passage of time. Sentimentality transforms these otherwise worthless items into our most treasured possessions. I have two small boxes where I keep childhood keepsakes. My daughter’s treasures are in an old, rustic woven box and my son’s are in a shoebox from his first pair of shoes, a keepsake in itself. These boxes contain hospital bracelets, first booties, my daughter’s first lost tooth, a tiny bracelet with her name engraved in it, the little plaster cast from her broken arm, my son’s first birthday badge and candle, and, of course, the little clippings from their first hair cut.
Tell us about the locks of hair in these photos. What significance do they hold for you?
Sometimes when the children are out and the house is unsettlingly quiet, I open their boxes and pour over the memories inside. I pull out their little locks of baby hair and examine them. Lamb’s is wispier and darker than Fox’s, but his is curlier. It’s easy to see why the Victorians valued locks of hair. Photographs were too expensive for most people and a lock of hair was an inexpensive way to remember a loved one by. This is a tradition we have carried into the present day, despite there now being cameras everywhere. In a way, hair is more personal than any other memento.
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You can read the other interviews in this series here.