For my slightly squinty, very Little Whirlwinded FB Live intro video, Click Here! (We were in SOMERSET, not Devon. I got confused. Blame lack of sleep 😂)
The thing we all do is share photos that paint The Very Best of ourselves and of the experiences we’re having.
There are plenty of reasons for doing it, and I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to do (it cheers me up to see my Facebook Timeline full of the smiling, happy photos of my friends).
But I decided I wanted to challenge this trend. I wanted to take the opportunity of our First Camping Trip as a family to try to show the reality of what we were experiencing.
Now, I will caveat this post with the statement that we actually did have an awesome time. Yes, there were amazing bits. Yes, there were crappy bits. But over all, as a first time camping together it certainly had a healthy dose of fab experiences.
That said, real life is made up of those fab experiences AND the normal bits in between. And that’s what I wanted to show.
Challenge #40 was all about capturing the reality of our first time camping together as a family.
Camera: Canon 5D Mk III
Lens: 50mm f1.4
HOW DID IT GO?
When I look at the photos here, by contrast to what we’re used to seeing, everyone looks almost sad. Don’t worry – they weren’t (for the most part). This is just normal life… with normal faces.
This was a surprisingly difficult challenge for me. I WANT to post the lovely, photogenic, smily photos. The Chocolate-Boxy moments. But I feel that this selection of photos tells more of a story than First Pony Ride, First Fossil Hunting Experience, Steam Train Ride, Castle Exploration and all the other big moments.
These photos speak more the to day-to-day reality. Forging Friendships. Preparing food. Just getting on with life, but in a different context.
I could have taken any of these photos in a different way, to paint a different version of our story. I could have chosen angles so the other tents and caravans weren’t in shot, to make it look like we had loads of peace and quiet. I could have chosen the photos where everyone’s smiling. I could have left out the extra detritus around the plum wine in the photo at the top of this post. But I didn’t, and I feel I have a truer record of our trip for it.
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