Todays photo challenge encourages me to capture something that reminds me of my childhood.
My (our) childhood is something that I hold very near and dear to my heart. This is the time in my life that doesn’t seem like it should feel that far away, but in reality, in does feel that far away. It is actually a feeling that scares me. This “scared” feeling comes from wanting to be back in that place, be back in that state of mind, be back where everyone was together and the worries were little.
I was fortunate to grow up with two brothers and dozens of cousins around my age. The memories are undeniable and unforgettable. I can’t imagine my childhood without any of these people. My brothers and my cousins are still a vital part of my life today and provide me with protection and reassurance.
The moments that my parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great grandparents chose to capture through camera will always be a blessing to me. I can remember my Dad always sticking a camcorder in our faces. It wasn’t until my early teens that this became so “uncool” to me. Haha. But when I was around 4/5 (like my age in the picture above) I didn’t really notice my parents having those objects up to their faces to capture such special moments of my childhood.
We have dozens and dozens of home videos and pictures from film to look back on! I can vividly remember my Moms film camera from back then. I didn’t realize, until I started getting into photography, that we, these newer generations, have digital cameras that we can take all the pictures that we want, delete when we want and not HAVE to print the pictures out if we dont want to. Man, do we have it good. Too good….haha…we are spoiled.
If it weren’t for these parental figures in my life taking the time to pick up the camera and capture these precious moments in our life, there would be a vague memory that we could only share through memory….that eventually fades (unfortunately).
My parents seemed to have a good system going where my Mom would take the pictures and my Dad would video record…or vice versa. Sometimes, I am sure there might have been one parent doing both jobs because the other was taking care of us crazy ones. Either way, they still managed to do a great job of keeping up with us while having the camera lens up to their eye as well.
The photos that I am going to share with you are ones that I have taken with my personal camera that remind me of my childhood. These photographs might not mean a lot to you…but they have an interesting perspective and are some that all photographers (and onlookers) can respect and admire.
If you would like to share a photo that you have taken that reminds you of your childhood, please do not hesitate to do so!
There are, obviously, so many more pictures that I could add, but these are just a glimpse into what my childhood looked like (we are all older now) but you know what I mean!
I was using my kit lens 18-55 in all of these pictures.
I hope that you enjoyed my photos. Let me know what you think.