I have always liked photographs. To me, they freeze a moment in time and are something to treasure. I could ‘waste’ hours sitting with old photographs and enjoying the way that they make me feel. I like my own photographs, family photographs and those belonging to friends and new people that I meet. You can pretty much guarantee that if I come to your home and see photographs displayed I will be straight to them and asking about them.
While the digital revolution has seen a big change in the way that we store and recall information, including photographs and I admit to enjoying this I do miss having all my photographs printed and ready to be held and felt. I am trying to embrace printed photo books and have a few of these as a sort of ‘in-between’ solution. I am, however, still guilty of getting some photographs printed. I had about 400 prints made after my son’s barmitzvah and for my husband’s birthday this year, I got a cherished photograph, received from a relative, printed for him. It now has pride of place on a wall of our new home.
Back when I was a teenager I spent a week on a photography course at Loughborough Summer University. I loved it. I learned about things I knew nothing about and really enjoyed the experience. Nowadays I know nothing more than I learned back then and things have changed rather a lot with the introduction of digital photography.
I know nothing about photography apart from the basics. I rarely get my digital camera out and usually use my phone camera and it is nothing special. Point and shoot, don’t shoot into the sun, take more than one photograph just in case. In reality, this is all that I need to know. It is good enough for me. I am not charging for my ‘work’ nor entering any competitions. My photographs are for my enjoyment only. I enjoy them and that is good enough.
As we enter 2020 I thought it would be a good time to share some of my favourite photographs of the last year. These are photographs that make me smile because they evoke memories. For me, this is what a photograph represents. While I firmly believe in living for today and making every day count there is a great deal of comfort to be had from remembering the journey that we have taken to get to today.
Enjoy my slideshow!
Happy New Year