Remember the older generations with documentary photography.
Thursday, my 93-year-old father-in-law passed. Something funny about him was he didn't like posed photos, so every time someone tried to take his photo, he would look off into the distance, to look more natural. So, we have lots of family group photos with everyone smiling and looking at the camera and my father-in-law is looking contemplatively off to the side. Never a smile, because that would be too fake and posed. He was ahead of his time, the original documentary subject! Whenever we would visit my in-laws, I would bring my big monster camera and make lots of documentary images. In the beginning, I wasn't sure if they were annoyed by it, but after a while, they grew accustomed to it and appreciated the photos I shared with them later. Well, now that kind Rolf has passed over, my husband and his sister are searching for photos to include in the service. Mine are the only ones they have that are recent. They are documentary images with our daughter. They tell stories. They help to keep his memory alive. I am so glad we have them. I am so happy my daughter will have them always. I compiled them all and shared them today with my husband, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law. Today, four days after his passing, they can look at these visual stories and grieve and laugh and remember. I'm so glad I kept clicking away. Here's a tribute to opa Rolf, the original documentary fan. He will forever be missed.