Mum & Dad
I’ve been wanting to taking some pictures of my parents in a natural and relaxed manner for a while now. They’re well into their 70’s and it’s their 50th Wedding Anniversary next year. So as far as post-wedding shoots go this one has been quite postponed!
I love my parents dearly and I’m left in no doubt that they greatly love me as well. We do however have a somewhat traditional middle-class relationship whereby we’re more likely to talk about the traffic conditions or the state of the economy then tell each other how much we respect and love each other. I’ve always imagined that one day we’d have ‘that’ conversation, you know the one, the one were we drop all the barriers and speak from the bottom of our hearts. But as time passes I’m beginning to realise that perhaps those conversation only happen in the movies.
For their age, my parents are both in rude health but I still feel that in the next decade or so I’ll very much be starring down the barrel of losing one or both of them. I’ve always thought quite a lot about my parents dying and it’s always been quite an abstract concept, an event in time that was always too far off to have any proper meaning to me. But as time marches swiftly on I am left to face the horrid inevitability that in the next decade or so they will like no longer be with me. It feels weird just typing that – the tears rolling down my cheeks are testament to just how weird and frightening that thought is.
So that’s why these photographs are so important to me. I wanted some photographs of my parents while they were still both around and in good health. I wanted some photos that I could remember them by when they’re gone.
So this is what 75 years of life and almost 50 years of marriage looks like. Not bad indeed. I love them both immensely – even if I do never really say it.
It’s been an odd and quite emotional time taking and processing these pictures of my parents but most of all it’s reminded me of just how amazing, powerful and important photographs can be.