This past couple of weeks has been a whirlwind personally and professionally. My family lost my uncle who was the glue of our family. He had a very long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
A few months ago, my Aunt asked me to compile a slideshow using the photos that she had over their past 46 years of marriage. She gave me their wedding album and 2 family albums. There was so much history in those photographs. I saw pictures that I’ve never seen before including photos of me when I was a baby. I’ve always been fascinated by old photos, especially from Jamaica in the ’70s. The fashion, the colours and the colour of the film are just mesmerizing to me.
While I was working on a video about my Uncle, I received a phone call from a number that I didn’t recognize. When I answered, it was a woman inquiring about doing maternity photos. To make matters more interesting, this was a Friday afternoon and she was due on Sunday. After speaking with her husband, she decided to come to the studio on Friday evening.
She brought her family consisting of her daughter and her husband and she also invited her sister, his husband and their infant son. I had an almost instant connection with their daughter. She was always smiling and laughing so much so that I asked if I could take a photo with her. I think she’s going to be a great big sister.
After the shoot, I thought to myself, “Wow, this woman is having a baby on Sunday and I have Uncle Lloyd’s funeral on Saturday”. I attended the funeral and I saw a slideshow that I compiled playing on the projection screen and they even had some images that I had taken during his final years of life and less than 12 hours prior, I took images of a life that hasn’t started yet. It was a full-circle moment.
The beginning and end.