During my college years, my favorite subject to study was Art History. I particularly enjoyed renown film photographers, and admired the works of Dorothea Lange. Her Depression-era documentary images are still to this day my favorite collection. Looking back, I think one reason I enjoyed her work is because it reminded me of visiting my grandmother’s farmhouse. Of course I didn’t appreciate the simplicity of her home, or her vintage decor at the time, but over the years it grew on me. My grandmother has always lived a simple life. She never had the television on for entertainment, nor did she have a conventional heating and air unit or updated lights throughout her home. She was happy to read the paper, go for walks to the barn, line dry her clothes on the clothesline, and go to bed before it was dark outdoors. I will never forget the smell of her gas burning heater or her home cooked meals. As a small girl, I ran in the wide opened fields near her barn. I played with the dolls that belonged to my aunt when she was a girl. All of these memories rush back to me at times as if they happened yesterday. I suppose I have been reminded of these memories over the past couple of months since my family has been cleaning out my grandmother’s house. She and my grandfather accumulated so many wonderful treasures and antiques throughout their marriage. I knew I wanted to photograph a children’s series using her farmhouse and some of the vintage toys that still remained in her home. The toys and props used date back to the late 40′s – late 50′s. Although I know the meaning behind this project is personal, I hope you enjoy this unique series. One that I know I will look back on with fond memories!
I want to say a special thank you to all of the wonderful clients that volunteered their children to be apart of this project! I couldn’t have hand-picked a better group myself. I also want to thank the lovely ladies at Southern Vintage for the one prop my grandmother did not still have but I desperately wanted to use, the bouncy horse.