There was no reason for other people to take photographs of me last month, so I did something different and specifically asked my husband to take them of events I wanted captured. These are the only pictures of me from March, but it is a big step forward for me that I requested (possibly demanded) they were taken.
The first was me wearing the new cycling gear he’d bought to keep me motivated in going out on the bike and the second was with B before we watched a local amateur dramatics performance of The Wizard of Oz. The third occasion was when the children gave me their Mothering Sunday cards and gifts (when I still had wet hair you’ll notice), and as there are several pictures I’ve been able to pick my favourites rather than making do with the one that exists.
I’ve been thinking about taking photographs of myself in future, although the idea of it feels very awkward to me. We don’t have a full length mirror and most of our surfaces are at the wrong height, so I’m planning on buying a small tripod, although I’ve already procrastinated for several weeks. How do you feel about taking selfies?
From the comments you’ve left on my previous Hidden me posts, and from reading this fascinating post Lessons Learned from a Year of Staying in the Picture I’ve realised this is an issue wider than just me, and it is not just about Mums. In most households it appears there is one person who is the main photographer and consequently they don’t appear in pictures very often. I find this sad, and I think it is important that everyone is captured for memories; when my Mum died we discovered the most recent photograph of her with both my sister and me was over 15 years earlier. That is something we can’t go back and change.
I think we should be encouraging more pictures to be taken of these ‘hidden’ people. What do you think?