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Friday, 23 March 2018
Stories from the Home Front: Kirsty Mackay and the act of letting go
Today's story from the Home Front comes from Kirsty Mackay, who speaks beautifully of her awe of children and the (photographic process) of letting them go.
'I so easily related to Stefan’s experience of photographing his son, that I had to write down my response. He wrote ‘Ask me why I photograph my children and I’ll most likely lose my way in trying to find a sufficient answer’.
I know why I photograph my children. I am in awe of them, especially my eldest as she grows away from me towards independence. I'm always scrambling to keep up, with the changes that happen before my eyes. I photograph my daughters in the same way every parent photographs their child - in a desperate attempt to hold onto this version of them. I want to see them completely before they change again and my camera helps me with that. I want to drink them up, inhale them before this version of them is lost. Hold on, click, let them go, repeat. It’s what it is to be a parent.
When we hold them still in the act of making a photograph, in that intense act - we hold on to them and perhaps there is also an equal, but opposite reaction as we release our grasp, the photograph is over, they run out of shot, and we let them go.'
Thank you for reading - the blog will take a short break and will be back in May (or June or sometime).