Pushing some of my work through Google + rather than FB or Flickr has been an interesting experience.
My first realisation was that my cataloging was pretty poor. I need to invest some serious time in this. Finding images I wanted was difficult. Even my keywords were not always helpful. Collections were non-existent as I thought I could compile them easily through keywords. Oh dear.
More to the point finding images that I thought worth sharing was also hard. There were’t that many. On the plus side I found a few images that I had only ever looked at in colour but seemed to have potential in black & white. This is one I came across. I called it the modern family. It seemed to me to sum up how society has changed. Two children absorbed in their iPads or similar. A disinterested father. And a dog that looked far and away the brightest of the bunch. A Pomeranian naturally.
It resonated even more strongly after thinking of my own childhood. Dad and I used to walk miles in the countryside together. He would have a camera. I would have probably had a pair of old binoculars and The Observer’s Book of Birds. We would walk through Haugh Wood (pronounced hoff) or even all the way to West Wood. He might pick blackberries and make wine in the shed later. The only tablet we had was aspirin. No dog sadly. Sometimes we would walk along the river. I even managed to tickle a trout once or twice. Days of innocence indeed.
Here though is the modern family as I recorded it last year. I wonder how you feel about family life today.