* A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2013 *
It’s not like I haven’t photographed the boys - I have, loads. But not in any formal way. So please forgive this selection of photographs from the last four weeks. They’re rough around the edges, they’re mostly Instagrams and they were all shot on the hoof, whist we were having fun. They’re not technically excellent but they do capture the spirit of the boys at one moment in time over each of the last four weeks. And that’s what this project is all about, isn’t it?
Xavi - picking red currants and raspberries in the middle of August. Searching in the low bushes and merrily skipping along with red currant juice all over his face.
Louis - got a really good process going. He’d spot the ripest red currants, then send Xavi into the bush to pick them. It seemed to work.
Xavi and Louis - the summer holidays bring these two closer together. Long days spent in the sunshine inventing all manner of games and cosy nights cuddled up together in the camper van meant that when we came home, they stayed side-by-side, even as they slept. So it only seemed apt that this week’s portrait should be a joint one.
Xavi - I grabbed my camera as quickly as I could to capture the sheer delight on his face as he flew his kite at the top of the hill. He was beaming from ear to ear and galloping about. I was almost too slow but I just caught him before he dashed out of frame.
Louis - I like the juxtaposition of this week’s shots. Xavi’s exuberance counteracting Louis’ relaxation in pyjamas and lying on the window seat watching The Great British Bake Off. Life is about to take off again with the start of term and we’re getting back into the normal routines of life - with a bit of gratuitous TV baking thrown in, of course.
Xavi - whizzing as fast as he could down the tube slide on the last day of the holidays. Again, I like the contrast between these two shots. The yin and yang of my boys. One up, one very down…
Louis - school is back and that means the return of homework. The only way I could get through the TORTURE of this activity on Sunday was to photograph him and share the pain on Instagram. Thank you to you lovely people who sympathised. Same time, same place next week?