Why do we photograph? For many reasons of course, but first amongst those is to freeze time. 1/60th second, remembered for ever. Passed on to the future. And that’s why getting your hands on the family stash of photographs is so overwhelming. You look back from the present to the past, and wonder about the future.
My parent's wedding day
Photos allow us to tell stories. Part of my father’s story is here. It must have been complicated in the early 60s… My parents were both foreign students in France. He English, she German. Having fallen in love he had to go to Germany to woo her. They spent much time zooming around on a velociped.
Entente cordiale led to a wedding. Church ceremony in Cadolzburg, Franconia; Civil wedding in Sheen, London.
no 5 star hotels to get ready in those days
Onlookers at the Church: Guck' mal, der Englaender!
The happy couple
My Mum knew nothing of English wedding etiquette. So she wore a black suit to the civil ceremony. Looked pretty smart to my eyes!
Grandparents on both sides
Of course! Honeymoon and nuptials:
3 days in Bournemouth
And a new life in the Shropshire hills
It seems my parents did a lot of camping...
And then the inevitable (well at least it is from my point of view…) is kids:
I think I'm laying down the law here...
And now my Dad lays down the law himself
A father and son moment, probably camping...
Blimey, that's me!
And then the past moves into the present. It’s my turn. Father becomes Grandfather, son becomes father.
The leap in the generations
Love, laughter, happiness. An ordinary story, but also a sliver of history, told through photos. Not bad for a 1/60th of a second. Keep your photos, and share them.