Today Kelly Haymes of Momma Got Soul Photography, Lithia, Florida is sharing her documentary family photography point of view along with her photographs:
What about real life do I love to photograph?
Well, many people document for the sake of memories, with people in the past or for people in the future. I photograph real life for the present. To share what really goes on in people’s homes and in people’s lives. We spend so much time playing the comparison game that we need to level the playing field and compare apples to apples not apples to oranges!
If we started showing our neighbors that we aren’t the best at everything, that we have sad days too, that we are good at some things, but other things then suffer, the world might be a happier place right?
Since the dawn of time we have compared our skills to the rest of the cave. We needed to know who could run fast, who was better with a spear and who to sacrifice to the volcano. This comparison has now turned into multimillion dollar sales of purses and shoes.
It’s ok to want to better yourself in some way, but not when it starts to affect your mental health!
For me, when I show images of kids being dirty, a house with the same kitchen table clutter as everyone else’s or the shenanigans that ALL kids get into, it can help someone else feel normal. They don’t feel so alone, they realize that others have strengths and weaknesses too.
(They might realize that Kim K is really the one to sacrifice to the volcano gods.)