Documenting Generations Apart

This Iconic Photo Submission especially hit home with me, because I’ve lost all of my Grandparents already. I was close with all of them and knowing my children will never meet them saddens my heart a bit. When Natalie submitted this photo and story behind it, my perspective changed. I had never thought of it from Natalie’s point of view. Now, I look forward to the day when my kids do something that evokes a memory of one of my Grandparents. Something, one of my kids do that reminds me of them.

Homework: What similarities can you find within your family between two different generations. Start documenting (and come back and share!).

 

Here’s what Natalie had to say about her photo: 

“When I was a little girl I would sit on the sofa with my dad and watch westerns with him. He was way into them. He would tell me who the characters were, who the actors were who played them, and other westerns they were in. He would tell me all about the story lines. This photo is of my oldest child. My son loves the outdoors and it is hard to get him in sometimes. He’d be a street lights come in kind of child if I let him. I love that this photograph reminds me of what my dad was probably like as a child. My father and son are generations apart, but they have same adventurous spirit.”

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Camera Data: 50mm, 1/250 f/3.5 ISO 6400

Natalie Menteer | Instagram

 

A little bit about the photographer: 
I am a wife to a sailor, mother of two wild and joyous children, a photographer and an adventurer. I am a Texas girl living in the beautiful state of Hawaii. I enjoy the outdoors, the smell of the ocean, the sound of laughter, the warm embrace of a hug, and the taste of my grandmas homemade tortillas. When my son was about three I bought my first DSLR and taught myself how to use it. I love photographing the everyday and the many adventures we go on.

 

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Author: MarieMasse
I help client documentary photographers fine-tune their workflow + marketing game, so their work is filled with sessions that represent their voice + client values while earning a living. I shoot undirected, off-beat stories that aren’t preserved often enough (like the story of couples before starting a fam or becoming empty-nesters – a dream project of mine), so my clients’ old box of photos is a meaningful, visual diary of their life + legacy to leave behind.

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