I am getting my blog for this week done sooner than usual as I am working tomorrow afternoon – a shoot with a family who have a young baby, yay! And then I know I will have quite a lot to do for the following few days. It’s called forward planning, I think. Always worth aiming for but not actually possible in every instance when you’re juggling lots of stuff at once. No doubt I shall be quite pleased with myself if I manage to get everything done that needs doing over the next 48 hours or so, and that’s even without having made my bed this morning. I mention this as I read some peculiar article on Twitter that said making your bed in the morning makes you a better version of yourself… really? I guess I should give it a try and see how I go – If I manage it I’ll report back and let you know if I think I’ve become an improved model of SJF.
I am posting a photograph of Son No 2 today as it’s one of my favourites. And I know some people might look at it and go, really? What? But for me this photograph works. The light, the subject, the reality of it. It doesn’t look posed but I have to admit it actually is. I saw him sitting there drinking his drink, well actually my drink and I said, hang on – let me grab my camera. At which point he got out and ran around the house covered in bubbles laughing at me. He only got back in and let me take the photograph when I had promised to Photoshop something unspeakable on the can. Where this seven year old gets his humour… it’s a worry. I took a few shots but the first one was the best in my view and then he jumped out and I told him I was going to break my promise and not Photoshop anything into it, so he now thinks it’s a rubbish photograph. I don’t mind. I love it.
I think I might have to do a series of photographs of the boys in the bathroom mainly because the light in there is simply beautiful. Is that a good enough reason? Who knows? My studies with art and photography have left me wondering what on earth art is and if there is indeed any reason behind any of it at all. I chat about the teaching of art here in Michael Szpakowski’s Art Education discussion which I mentioned in my last post. Actually, I can’t wait to finish the current module I’m doing at OCA and move on to the next which probably won’t answer the question but it will give me lots more to think about when considering it.
Some of my photographs will be displayed at Barmouth Kitchen on Barmouth Road in Wandsworth from next weekend over the summer. Will they be considered art? I don’t know. You’ll have to pop along and see, and make up your own mind. Not sure BK will want pictures of my kids in the bath plastered all over their walls next time round… but who knows? Perhaps they’d love it! This time though the theme is Wandsworth and colour. So if you’ve got a spare wall looking for an image, pop along and take a look or get in touch. Mounted hand printed images will cost £55 or you could just grab yourself a set of postcards if you prefer. I’ll pop the images online after the launch at BK next Friday. (If you’re local, do pop along – Friday 5th from 7pm)
In the meantime, enjoy what’s left of half term and bring on the last few weeks of the school year! My little home needs a bit of a rest from the kids being here quite so many hours – they were actually decorating the walls this morning. And I don’t mean in a helpful way.
Image (c)sarahjanefield 2015