List some images that make you happy:
[Funny, isn’t it, how memories attach themselves to photographic images? The image stimulates the memory much like a particular scent will bring back a person, a time or a place. Even when the photograph is no longer around, the mind holds the memory of the image, and the image releases the memory of the actual event. I keep a “collection” of photographic images in my mind, each capable of opening up to another time, and revisiting people who are changed, or gone.]
- I took a photo of my brother David, when I was sixteen and trying out my brand new Kodak Instamatic camera. David was five years old. We were here on Beaver Island, on vacation, on the beach at Iron Ore Bay. David had stripped down to his underwear, and was headed for the water: hands in the air, arms every which way and legs at a dead run. I caught the moment when both of his feet were in mid-air. David’s been gone from this earth for more than eight years. He was jaundiced and bloated, barely able to walk the last time I saw him. But that spitfire, energy-filled little boy, running through the sand toward the water…that’s the image of David that I hold in my mind.
- In the mid-seventies, I photographed my two young daughters, sitting together in our living room, in the avocado green beanbag chair. Jen was playing on her little guitar; Kate’s head was tilted onto Jen’s shoulder. Both were singing. Everything in the picture, from their clothes to the beanbag chair, speaks of that time period. And that was a very good time in my life.
- I took a picture last week of my Christmas tree. Crooked, scrawny and spare as it was, the image makes me happy. The tree did, too, but it turns out my little dog is allergic to it, so it had to go. I picked up a replacement at the re-sale shop (for only three dollars!), and spent an enjoyable evening undressing one tree, and dressing another. The artificial tree doesn’t make Rosa Parks itch, and – truth be told – it has a fuller, more symmetrical appearance than the other. This one makes me happy, too!