Monday, May 13, 2013

LIFE IN BLACK & WHITE

My brother visited my parents this weekend in Southern California for Mother's Day (and I, the least favorite kid, couldn't make the trip west happen this week).  What better thing to do when visiting home than to flip through old photos and reminisce.  Dwight found this great picture from 1972 of my mother window shopping in Seattle with him in tow.  The photo later appeared in the Seattle Times and my father noticed it because he recognized my mothers legs (I still laugh at this story because he did NOT mention his son..just my mothers legs!).  At any rate, cool pictures like this and the stories behind them remind me how much I still love flipping through albums...real albums, that is, and not those stored on an iphone, ipad, ipod or iMac.  When a client recently asked me what I was going to do with her giant bare walls for "art" I set out on a little project..with her permission, I dug through boxes of old photos and had them all printed in black and white in various sizes from 4x6 to 11x14.  I found fun, wood-washed frames at World Market (www.worldmarket.com) and created a collage on one wall of her family through the years.  Not only do these walls talk, they tell the story of where this colorful family has been and reminds everyone who walks into the room to slow down, take it all in and enjoy the moment.