When I was younger, I enjoyed being the “picture person” of the friend group. I held the memories. People visited my Facebook page, my Flickr (dating myself) to see the weekend’s events. They knew I would document the fun and then share it. It felt like being the keeper of the keys. From a pocket digital camera, to the prints we created in high school photograph class of black and white film portraits, a camera was a part of me then.
But today, today I pick up the camera(s) for a different reason. Today, I want to freeze time. And not in a cheesy “I wish I could freeze time” way. In a real, authentic way. Because today, time moves too fast. Just like a wedding day, you blink and it’s over. Just like childhood, you blink, and they’re older. And just like time in general, things move on, people get older, and time takes its’ toll.
This personal project above has my whole heart. The passage of time is sometimes a burden. As the days go on, a part of my dad slips away. Alzheimer’s is devastating display that time is fleeting. But now I have these photographs. Him and my mom happy. Him and my son. My son who lights him up, plays basketball with him, shows him how to color again, and takes naps with him. Two of my three favorite guys (don’t worry Jake, you’re in the list too). The two people who love on Ellis so dang hard. A moment of time frozen for us to remember for generations to come. Even when your memory fails you, a photograph does not.
Black and White Film Portraits
I will forever cherish these portraits of my mother and father on black and white film. Shot on both a Contax and a Rolleiflex square format, I loved getting to preserve my family’s legacy. The black and white film was developed and scanned by Photovision Lab.