Hello there! It’s been awhile, I know… but for good reason. I’ve been working hard on a project that has been a dream for quite some time. I cannot believe the day has come that I get to share it with you.
My childhood, like most of yours was documented with 4×6 photographs developed from film cameras that my young parents spent their months savings on. We look at these crinkled pieces of glossy paper and piece together the nostalgic feelings of our youth. It’s irreplaceable, we feel connected to that 2 ft child with ice cream on their face as a part of who we were. And when I lost a loved one, I sought out these photos that had documented our life together even more. All the moments that I needed to remember, all the flecks of life we had together were there to comfort me.
When my mom was 40 she was grazing through a box of my grandmothers things when she came across an old square picture. Somewhat out of place since all the photos in her house were glossy rectangles with time stamps and kodak stretched across the back. She asked her mom in quick spanish “Who are these ugly kids?” Even before my grandmother had time to dry her hands and walk over, the roar of laughter had my mom on the floor. “That’s me!” she bursted out.
This is the only photo my mom has of her childhood.
As she recalls to me her memory of that day she says “If it wasn’t for this stranger who was visiting, I may have never remembered what I looked like as a little girl. He had this huge strange camera and we didn’t understand what we were posing for.” 30 years later, that man’s daughter brought this photo to my grandmother.
My dad, always joking around used to say to me “Your mom and I we’re so in love, I didn’t spend a dime on our wedding. Just $4 for the polaroid!” It was not a lie, this is the only photo of my parents wedding.
As I became mesmerized by photography, the capturing of people and moments, I always thought about how important photos become to our lives. They start conversations, they bring people together underarms with big smiles, in front of landmarks. It’s a beautiful thing.
I thought to myself “what if I didn’t have this?” And I thought about how easy it would have been for me not to have this, for my parents to have not valued having a camera. The truth is it is not easy for many people to have this. Many people do not have anything to remember how their children or parents looked. How their first house looked like, maybe even before it was destroyed. Many people are missing this simple connection to their lives, one that can give them strength in loss and happiness in separation.
And so Give Memories was born. I wanted to give photos to families that could not afford to have a camera. I wanted to provide tangible moments for people who do not have computers or phones.
And because I believe in keeping our moments alive in many different ways, I crafted this project to allow the photographic community and all people ( those who can afford cameras and those who can’t) to be apart of this cause. I wanted photographers and creatives to contribute to this by capturing their cities before they change. I want supporters to have a way to connect with their families by offering postcards taken by local photographers where in turn their support connects the families that come to our events. Our Photo Days will give families an opportunity to create moments that we’ll capture for them. As a part of this project, we are keeping these treasures a tangible part of our lives.
Give memories is an effort to capture people and moments, to share them relentlessly and to allow these treasures to warm our hearts, give us strength, encourage us to grow.
Head over to givememories.org to familiarize yourself with our cause and support us in anyway possible. We are on INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK we’d love for you to share us with your friends and families and join us in the effort to capture moments for others with #givememories
If you are a photographer or want to see the ways you can get involved, we welcome your thoughts and talents in with open hearts and minds. CONTACT us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for all the support!