As Mother’s Day approaches, I can’t help but think of my own mother, who passed away 25 years ago. I miss her so much! To me, she was the most beautiful person on earth. Other than wishing she were still here, so that I could see her and talk to her, I wish that I had more photographs of her.
During the last several years of my mother’s life, she put on more weight than she was comfortable with, and she basically became a recluse. She wouldn’t go out of the house, even to attend family events. She wouldn’t willingly allow anyone to photograph her.
When we looked at our mother, we certainly didn’t see a “fat” person or a “large” or “curvy” woman, we saw the beautiful person who meant more to us than anyone in the world. I wish that time travel were possible, so that I could go back and convince my mother to exist in photographs for the people who love her.
One of my favorite photography-related quotes is from Aaron Siskind: “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever . . . it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
Memories have a tendency to fade over time, but photographs capture special moments, so that they can be remembered forever.
Enjoy spending time with your mother this Mother’s Day, and take lots of photographs!