Seems like I have always been the family photographer. My first SLR camera was a Vivitar I bought at Montgomery Wards about 1979. It was completely manual, and my ex was never interested in learning how to use it, and as I gradually upgraded, he didn’t care to take pictures.
My family vacations are photos of him, the sights we visited, him, friends. Later, the pictures were of our children and him. As a result, I have few pictures of me, with my family or otherwise.
Now, I take pictures of my friends, of the places I visit, of the things I experience, that are more geared towards creating ‘memory pictures’ for me. I put them into albums sorted by location or event. They are there to help me recall good times, good friends and family, good food, beautiful places, historical sites. I don’t buy souvenirs on my trips, I acquire memories. I especially like to visit outdoor cafes, where we can sit for hours, sipping wine, coffee, or Turkish tea. You can watch the locals, the tourists, see the monuments and the street scenes, all unnoticed.
That being said, I’m still in almost none of the pictures!
It helps that I get to travel with a varied group of friends that I met through the JREF, TAM, and Skeptours. Fortunately, many of my ‘tribe’ are much better photographers and don’t mind me ‘stealing’ some of their pictures. Since everything is digital, it’s easy! At the risk of appearing self-promoting, these are a few of my vacation photos. I hope my grandchildren see them and say “What an old rip Grandma must have been!”* and then try to be like me.
*Ten points for identifying source of that quote. If you Google, you are just cheating.
- Europe’s Café Theater (sfgate.com)
- Old Barns and Geeky Toys (twodifferentgirls.com)
- Doing Instanbul (twodifferentgirls.com)
- Touring Turin (nomdeplumage.wordpress.com)
- Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe (torontofoodie.net)
- The JREF Forum Scholarship, and an Internet Family (twodifferentgirls.com)