Photography as a record

Photography had to take a back seat while I was busy going through the trauma of moving house, but I didn’t stop taking photos, as they’re a great record of our move. I just didn’t have time or energy to update my files and pass on the photos to you. But now we’re settled, have got most things out of boxes and have a desk to work at, I’m back with you.

Photography can have many, many applications, and I use those that suit me. One of them is as an aid memoir or record of things I’ve seen, places I’ve been etc. Of course most of us use it that way. These days photography is cheap, and you can keep a record of anything you’d like. Wouldn’t you like to be able to look back on your life and recover those memories in great shots? Images that really remind you of what you did, where you were, what inspired you or made you smile? Carry that camera or phone and don’t miss opportunities to make memories. They fade too quickly without reminders! My thoughts often turn to my camera when I haven’t got it, so I’m going to re-aquaint myself with my little cannon point and shoot, as it’s now always possible to carry the Nikon kit around.

I’m very lucky. My dad was into photography and cinema way back when black and white film was all there was. We have cine film of us as children that he’s since scanned digitally to preserve it for us all. These records are rare, as very few people had the enthusiasm or equipment to do this. I’m continuing to record my life. My memory is awful! And with digital cameras, you can pinpoint the day, time and place each shot was taken, so no arguing years later when you look back on what had been, when and where!

Here are some shots of our new house and what we’ve been doing since I last posted. Photography doesn’t have to be picture perfect, unless you’re trying to sell it of course. These are records, not exercises in photographic perfection. Getting clear shots that give you the detail you want is the aim.

house move record kitchen

House move. Our new kitchen

garden record

Garden record. Now I know what needs sorting out in that bed!

Record of winter snow

Record of this winter's snow piled at my back door.


The beauty of our local fields under snow

Record of our first fire in our new hearth

Hungry Robin Record

Record of a hungry robin


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dfortyex
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 01:15:58

    Omg, I’m going through the same thing, trauma is the best word to describe it haha! And I’ve yet to get a desk, boo =(

    p.s. Love your back door snow!


  2. applesteamdream
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 08:05:55

    your new fire looks great, the snow at the door makes me think I miss the snow. Glad to see you’re still taking photographs, you have an artists eye for composition xx
    Ric & Richard


  3. chriscaff
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 10:24:46

    Thanks Dfortyex. Hope your move goes better than ours! And cheers applesteamdream. These aren’t the best shots ever, just a rushed record of what’s been happening. Back to the serious photography soon.


  4. dabawenyo life
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 17:25:28

    You have a nice new home. 🙂 …Photography as a record is indeed such a nice thing to do.


  5. chriscaff
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 14:31:31

    LOL I’m glad I’m not the only one….


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