| Written by Ronnie |
I don't know about you, but as I scroll through all our photos from the last two months, there are hardly any shots of myself save for a handful of clumsy, frantic selfies that I snapped with one or more of the boys whilst on the run.
I'm pretty sure this is an issue which most mums face. We're so good at documenting our children and our families that we often overlook ourselves. Without a doubt, this is the one area of memory keeping that I am woefully bad at: Photos of self.
One way to rectify this, of course, would be to ask Rick to get more photos of me. And whenever I do ask him, he's always more than happy to. But the reality is that he can't always be around to take photos of me whenever my heart desires.
This, I think, is where self-portraiture comes in: the art of photographing and documenting ourselves through the lens (beyond the iPhone selfie).
The wonderful thing about self-portraiture is that you can do it whenever you want. All you need is yourself and your camera.
It's not something that comes naturally to most of us, though, and it definitely takes a bit of self-discipline.
In March this year, I actually tasked myself with a monthly self-portraiture challenge. Save for one month, I kept up with this pretty well. However, with the launch of LIFE:CAPTURED Inc and all the preparations for our online classes, it's safe to say that self-portraiture has completely fallen by the wayside.
I think that's the thing: when life gets busy, the last thing we tend to think about is taking photos of ourselves. But you know what? I have to get back onto it. I can't keep leaving myself out of albums and photo books because there are no proper photos of me to include.
It's easy to convince myself that I'm doing the 'selfless' thing by hiding behind the camera and getting photos of everyone else. But the truth is - it's just as important to have photos of me as it is to have photos of Rick and the boys.
And it's not just for the boys' sake either. It's for my own sake too. I'm sure that one day, ten or twenty years from now, I will want to look back at this time in my life and be reminded of what I was like as a person.
So friends, I hereby declare that I'm embarking on my monthly self-portraiture quest once more.
(And I'll share my tips and lessons learnt along the way.)
Who else is up for the challenge?