Monthly Archives: September 2011

personal

the cottage

09 21 11

I never used to understand when photographers I admired told me to shoot for myself… “to do more personal work.” My business is me. Is my relationships. Is interwoven into my life. It all felt personal to me.

As I look through these images I took a few weeks ago of my grandparents at their summer home in Canada, I understand.

In the midst of a week where I am feeling overwhelmed by every little mistake I make and each new problem to solve, these images push me forward. Past my weakness and failings, they remind me that I am an artist.

They remind me that photography is more than business. It is documenting the things that we want to hold on to. To make them beautiful and keep them safe. These images speak to me. They say Keep me. Protect me.  Share me. And I will live forever.

Life is heartbreakingly short. I want my family to live forever. The truth is they won’t. But my love for them in these images, that will. And I pray that it honors them. Forever. It’s all I have to give.

I doesn’t feel like enough. There’s too many already lost, that I never had the chance to honor. These are for them too. With all my heart.

xoxo
Em

all images shot on Canon eos-1v, fuji 400h + fuji neopan black and white