One of my earliest and most favorite activities as a child was going through my aunt's box of pictures and pressing the adults for more information about the people in the pictures. I wasn't looking for a great landscape or a beautiful sunset. I was looking for those clues to my past and who I was. It was the people in the pictures experiencing the moment that drew me in. Yes ... "people pictures" as my wife so often told me I should be taking.
As I began working on a book on my family history, I fully realized the importance of family photos to future generations. I discovered that everyday life is what needed to be reflected in my photos. Sure, I still love a beautiful landscape or a glowing sunset, but how much more it is enhanced by the presence of a family member who may be simply enjoying the moment, or who may be participating in some activity that further defines the time and place.
And so it came to be that I developed a new love in photography. I am called upon from time to time to take a portrait of some or all of the family. And that is fine. What I truly enjoy, however, is capturing the family members being themselves in whatever time or place we happen to be. I mostly try to capture candid shots of them. I think by now they have all gotten used to the ever-present camera. Camera shyness is no longer an issue.
So, here are 723 photos from family moments in 2009.
I believe strongly in the strength of family. Our individual personal history is the root of our world history. We need to understand from where we have come in order to know who we are ... we must remember.
Looking Forward Published November 19, 2013
A Barber Family Photo Album in Black and White Published November 14, 2012
Sydney, Macy, and Lindsay Make a Gingerbread House Published December 26, 2011
Shadows Published October 16, 2011
MOMENTS 2010 Published August 11, 2011
From New York to Indiana Published November 21, 2010
40th Published October 12, 2010
Our Grand Canyon Adventure Published June 22, 2010
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