It’s the Stories

Thursday, May 17th, 2012 5
Posted in: Community, Vintage

When people find out I’m a photographer, I’m often asked, “what do you like to take pictures of?” And while that answer is ever-changing, some things do stand the test of time. One of those constants is my love of shooting vintage things. Old stuff. Rusty cars. Typewriters from a bygone era. Falling-down barns. As I’ve been working on a film and Polaroid project focused on this very thing, vintage, I’ve been reflecting on why I’m called to aim my lens at objects that others have discarded or forgotten. And I’ve come to an answer…it’s the stories.

Who owned that car? Where did they drive it? What adventures did they have? Did someone have their first kiss in that car? Who lived in this house? How many families called it home? Were the people who lived here happy? Were they like me? What did they do for work? Could they find work? What was cooked in this kitchen? Did they eat as a family? How many layers of wallpaper are there? Who picked it out and who plastered it on the walls? What stories would each of those layers tell us?

I’d love to know the real answers to all of these questions that thunder through my mind as I find vintage treasures to photograph. And although I’ll most likely never discover those “real” stories, it sure is fun to wonder and create my own…

5 Responses

  1. What a great way of looking at old things. This is going to shift my thinking! Thanks for the reframing!

  2. susan says:

    just a little note to you…that i’m so enjoying your posts! i know you’re a busy gal and would love to know how you find the time…correction…make the time to incorporate shooting daily, especially with your career. {big applause to you!} 🙂

    • Meghan says:

      Susan — thank you for your kind words. They mean alot to me. I work hard to prioritize shooting and that’s a big reason I dove into the 365 Project. Have you done a 365? xoxo

  3. We are so on the same page! I showcase my vintage photos on my Saturday posts – Wabi-Sabi Saturdays. I too used to ask all those questions…now I’m more into just loving the fact that they were used by somebody. I’m now even buying used books on Amazon…just knowing that someone else turned those pages is so comforting for some reason. So glad to find a kindred spirit in loving the old!

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