“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” ― Patrick Rothfuss
This spring I have been creating some personal work (more will definitely follow). It’s been soul soothing for me and has given me the opportunity to more clearly define for myself what I find most important in my photography.
So, here’s a photo story and some not particularly coherent pseudo-philosophical thoughts on the importance of telling stories.
Gran’s sewing box
My grandmother gave me her sewing basket a few years ago. It contained all sorts of bits and bobs, from 1960s zippers and buttons, dress chalk and darning wool to handmade lace made by her aunty Ida at the end of the 19th century. The love for needlecraft is one I grew up with at home. Going through Aunty Ida’s collection of Victorian fashion magazines was one of my favourite things to do when I couldn’t fall back asleep after a bad dream. Much much later, during my PhD in Dress History, a colleague gave me an old book about Belgian lace, one that had never been touched or read – the pages still had to be cut open at the sides. Going through that book, cutting open one page after the other, I realised that lace is not just part of my family history, it is something that has connected generations of women in my home country (and elsewhere). The story of lace is also my story. Maybe because it lets me reconnect with my cultural roots, and maybe because it connects my “old (historian) self” with my “new (wedding photographer) self”.
I believe that we have to tell stories about ourselves. Because yes, those stories makes us who we are. They make us understand ourselves and the ones we love. But they also connect previous and future generations and decades and centuries and continents and random human lives. Stories are the way we relate to one another. That is why, not only in my personal work but in ALL my work I want to tell your story. So I will ask you questions, about everything. About what you like and what you love and where you find beauty and maybe also about what frustrates and hurts you. Because only that way my photos can become more than just pictures.
Thank you my dear Laura for being a fantastic model.
To be continued