A Photo a Week Challenge: Recording History

All of the Moores

Photography is one of the mediums that allows us to capture history. The recent movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty depicted the end of an era of photojournalism with the end of Life Magazine in print. So many iconic images graced the covers and pages of that and many other chronicles throughout the years as photography has developed and enhanced out lives.

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to take pictures of my mother and her remaining siblings. It was a fun shoot, and it allowed me the chance to capture some of my own family history. This photo makes me happy and sad at the same time. Happy, because they all enjoyed getting together and have told me how much they love having the photos. Sad, because one of my uncles passed away last summer, so we missed the chance to include him in the shoot. It lets me know that we cannot stop the passing of time, but we can capture it in images that will hopefully live in the hearts of generations to come.


Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography. Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

19 thoughts on “A Photo a Week Challenge: Recording History”

  1. I love the image and the narrative. One of the reasons I’ve been drawn to photography, especially street photography, is that it memorializes moments. Often simple, but fleeting.

  2. The image you captured is a treasure. I love the way the man is sitting- as if he is starting to get up, saying to himself “what am I doing in this photo with all these women?” A great family portrait!

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