Importance of Remembering

1 Feb

A year or so ago I embarked on a lengthy journey up my family tree. After the death of my paternal grandmother, I threw myself into discovering that side of the family. My grief motivated and I became a bit obsessed.

However, it was through this obsession I discovered how important photography truly is. As I discovered family members, I found the most exciting part was seeing these people’s faces. I had pictures of my great-grandmother and great-grandfather.

Great-Grandmother

Suddenly these people, who I had never and would never know, were suddenly real to me. I could see my father’s eyes in one or my face shape in another. It was amazing. And when I didn’t have a photo for an individual, I would feel a pang of sadness for never knowing this person’s image.

Grandmother

Without photography I may never have been able to connect with my ancestors as I did. For that I will always be grateful. It inspires me to photograph everything I can. That way, the future generations will have the same luxury as I.

Great-Great Grandmother

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