A few years ago, during a move, a laptop with all of my backed-up photos was thrown into a dumpster. Irony or Universal Timing? That simple action held within it some really good lessons, I continue to be reminded of them. Bottom line? I have very few photos of my children when they were little, what few I have are treasures.
Our new space has some really big walls begging for art. My kids have very kindly suggested that I print and hang some of my artsy photographs. I had a different idea, at least in the family room. I did some digging one afternoon and found one photo of each of them that captures how I remember them as children and to some degree who they are today. The photos I found were taken at different times with different light and vastly different coloured clothing. I took those originals, tweaked them (with the help of my favourite RadLab software) for some consistency, then sized them to 20″ x 30″ and sent them off to Canvas Pop.
Below are the images I chose. The left is the original and the right is the result.
Claire was a tremendously good baseball player and loved the challenge of playing with the boys. She still has a huge passion for the game.
Up to Bat. Oakville. May 2005.
Cole was usually on the ice, on a diamond or a pitch. It was rare that he had a chance to relax as spectator – or for me to capture his face!
Watching baseball. Quebec City. August 2007.
Chloé found herself dragged along everywhere. Without complaint she always kept herself busy with pen and paper. Oh my goodness, that smile!
Busy at Boston Pizza. Oakville. September 2004.
Never happy to have to wear a helmet but also not much of a daredevil – he often found himself resigned to listen to his mama.
Skateboard “skeleton”. Cape Cod. June 2007.
So long but not so long ago! These little people with so much potential are growing into tremendous people. The photos just hint at the spirit within.
Just looking at them all hanging on the wall brings a smile to my face each morning as I settle down with a coffee. Now I’m busy coming up with more ideas for what to do with other canvases around the house.