“I enjoy nothing more than spending time with my loved ones, young and old, and at least once a year we get together for a formal family photograph.”—Elliott Erwitt
Guest post by Mary Farace
In a previous post, Joe wrote about documenting a changing world but I urge photographers to not only photograph places that they love but people as well. We can use our talent and imaging tools to change the world one person at a time or as he likes to say “one pixel at a time.”
I think photographers should use their technical and aesthetic skills to photograph their older friends and family and make the time and effort to display and preserve these images in an album, prints or website so future generations will know what these people looked like in contemporary surroundings, not just in old, restored photographs.
I’m always surprised when people spend time and money restoring old photo-graphs of their parents, grand-parents and great-grand-parents after they’ve passed away but little time making snapshots and portraits of them while they’re still with us.
I made this photograph of my parents on the occasion of my mother’s 90’th birthday using my Nikon V1 and Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens (at 30mm) with an exposure of 1/250 sec at f/7.1 and ISO 1600. It captures, I think, the love these two people have for one another.
The most precious gift anybody can give is photographs of the people they love. Take the time to photograph your kids; make portraits of your mom, dad, or grandparents so these images can be shared with future generations. Don’t forget yourself. Have your own portrait made, framed and give it to a loved one; they will cherish it.
And never, never forget that photography is the universal language and use it to make friends for all humankind.
The cover of Joe’s book “Studio Lighting Anywhere.” features a portrait that I shot! The book is available from Amazon.com with, as I write this, new non Prime copies selling for $17.50 (plus shipping,) cheaper than the Prime price.