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Photo Challenge – “Childhood Memories”

-6/29/17-

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.

Pile of cousins circa '97
Pile of cousins circa ’97

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!

Enjoy!

My grandparents barn. My Dad lived in the house (behind me in picture) while he was growing up. We spent much time here as kids as well.
My grandparents barn. My Dad lived in the house (behind me in picture) while he was growing up. We spent much time here as kids as well.
This treehouse sits in the tree beside the barn (picture above this one) and the house I was referring to in background. My Nanny and Papas (my Dads parents) house outside of Southport, NC.My Dad and his brothers built this house as older kids and we were still able to play (carefully in it as kids as well)
This treehouse sits in the tree beside the barn (picture above this one) and the house I was referring to in background. My Nanny and Papas (my Dads parents) house outside of Southport, NC. My Dad and his brothers built this house as older kids and we were still able to play (carefully in it as kids as well)
Waterfront at Southport, NC. I was born and raised here and my parents did as well. This is a site that I (we) have been fortunate to grow up with. Great seashells to find under here too!
Waterfront at Southport, NC. I was born and raised here and my parents did as well. This is a site that I (we) have been fortunate to grow up with. Great seashells to find under here too!
Southport Waterfront, NC. Told you, you could find great seashells under here! Featuring my beautiful friend, Kirsten!
Southport Waterfront, NC. Told you, you could find great seashells under here! Featuring my beautiful friend, Kirsten!
My younger brother, Mason, with my cat, Windsor, that I had since I was in the 1st grade (passed away during my senior year of college). Mason grew up with Windsor and this is a site that was seen ever too clearly and more often than not.
My younger brother, Mason, with my cat, Windsor, that I had since I was in the 1st grade (passed away during my senior year of college). Mason grew up with Windsor and this is a site that was seen ever too clearly and more often than not.
This is the same lake (Boiling Spring Lake) that is in the feature picture, just more slightly to the right than the featured photo. We moved to this location when I was 2, so this is a beautiful site that I was fortunate enough to see daily.
This is the same lake (Boiling Spring Lake) that is in the feature picture, just more slightly to the right than the featured photo. We moved to this location when I was 2, so this is a beautiful site that I was fortunate enough to see daily.
If you aren't familiar with the item in this photo, I sincerely apologize for your loss. We have had an annual oyster roast since I can remember. (It is always such a treasure to find a little crab!!) Featuring my Dads hands:)
If you aren’t familiar with the item in this photo, I sincerely apologize for your loss. We have had an annual oyster roast since I can remember. (It is always such a treasure to find a little crab!!) Featuring my Dads hands:)
This picture more describes my teenage years (but that part of my life now is described as childhood!! haha) Featuring my friend, Shauna Lane!
This picture more describes my teenage years (but that part of my life now is described as childhood!! haha) Featuring my friend, Shauna Lane!
My mothers coconut cake for most holidays. You cant beat it. It will always be there to tempt you.
My mothers coconut cake for most holidays. You cant beat it. It will always be there to tempt you.
Whoever didn't spend as much time in the woods as we did when we were kids, again, I apologize.
Whoever didn’t spend as much time in the woods as we did when we were kids, again, I apologize.
Even people who know us would barely recognize that it's us. But this is US. Me and my beloved cousin, Ryan. Best friends since birth. Thanks Mom and Aunt Vern for birthing us so close together, I am sure you two are forever grateful of this friendship.
Even people who know us would barely recognize that it’s us. But this is US. Me and my beloved cousin, Ryan. Best friends since birth. Thanks Mom and Aunt Vern for birthing us so close together, I am sure you two are forever grateful of this friendship.
No, we are not too young to know what having a record player around is like....
No, we are not too young to know what having a record player around is like….
Sand between the toes. I grew up at the beach and this is still a vital part of my life. I NEED the sandy beach. This is what I consider home. Oh, and my Moms feet are home too...of course.
Sand between the toes. I grew up at the beach and this is still a vital part of my life. I NEED the sandy beach. This is what I consider home. Oh, and my Moms feet are home too…of course.
No, they aren't sisters. My mother (right) and her sister in law (left). These two are what gave us the childhood we remember so vividly. We couldn't thank you enough.
No, they aren’t sisters. My mother (right) and her sister in law (left). These two are what gave us the childhood we remember so vividly. We couldn’t thank you enough.

 

 

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.

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