October 21, 2004

Your take on old family photographs

One way to enhance and enlarge your family legacy is to add your comments, musings and reflections to old family photographs. James Lileks does this masterfully in Grandma's Camera. Pedro Meyer is a professional photographer using all his art and skill to remember his parents in I Photograph to Remember

Ronni Bennett, a wonderful blogger at Time Goes By is like the rest of us, only further ahead in creating and sharing her personal legacy archives. She had posted photographs on a photo site that became "too hinky to rely on" so she's reposting bit by bit on her blog. There's Baby Ronni in her bath on the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Today, there's Daddy and Mommy, a wedding photograph with Ronni's comment that adds an altogether different context.

Her eleven-part series A Mother's Final, Best Lesson is a wonderful, moving depiction of the last days of a beloved parent.

Creating a personal and family archives roots us more firmly in the stream of life, connecting us to the past and the future. Or as Winston Churchill said, “The further backwards you look, the further forward you can see.”

Posted by Jill Fallon at October 21, 2004 11:10 AM | Permalink

I love that Winston Churchill quote, Jill, both from personal and historical points of view. And thank you for the nice mentions.

Posted by: Ronni Bennett at October 22, 2004 5:52 AM