I still believe with all my heart that we have it all wrong. As adults that is. I firmly believe that our children are here more to school us than we ever will be to teach them. Last week Montanna brings me two pieces of paper after being gone for over an hour and as a diagnosed “severely dyslexic” child by an educational psychologist, it must have been quite the task for what she had brought me but she did not let the hindrance hold her back. What she had written is one of the most powerful things I have read in quite some time. In fact it blew me away. Read it with an open mind. It’s her take on sibling rivalry and she asked me to share it with my friends on Facebook. I've put it here too:
“NO ONE KNOWS HOW WE WORK
Ok so let’s not start with Once Upon a Time or The Boy. Let’s start like this. Do you know that brothers and sisters may fight a lot...like A LOT and say rude words, curse at each other and punch, push, bite, kick, hit, pull and very worst hate? Well how do I know this? Funny you should ask, I have one, yep, I have one so my brother is all of that, ok maybe not only him, me too. But you know what? We are all not angels that do nothing, we all do something wrong. But any ways you know where I said brothers and sisters fight? Well yes there I wrote the worst thing of all, hate. Yes, hate is a very very strong bad word but we all use it, yes even adults. But that is the word we use when we are extremely mad with them because they have done something to us. You perhaps may ask why they do that, why are they mean to each other? Well I can maybe tell you. Because we are brother and sister. We are not friends that are always away from each other, we are constantly together. Now I am not saying you must separate them but unfortunately I am just writing, not telling you what to do with them. Can you ever figure out a child’s love between his or her brother or sister? Nope, you don’t know because they say things like “I want you to die” or “Go to hell” but you know what? It’s just to hurt them; I’m not saying all children, but most. You can never say a child doesn’t love his or her sister or brother ever because deep deep deep deep deep down there, there’s a light for her or him, the most love ever that no one can even touch except the sister or the brother, not even the parents. No one can tell the love between them. They may punch, push, hit, kick, pull, bite, spit and curse and they may do this over and over again but they will always love each other till the end of time. What I find weird is that if the one goes to the hospital the other one will help them or buy them something or do anything nice like me and my brother do, ja. We fight, pick, pull, hit, kick, whatever to hurt each other. So you can never tell how a child works; only the brother or sister and I may not be right but this is just a short story about how you can’t explain kids. I hope this goes out to all of you who have kids.
My name is Montanna Abbott, 11 years old. I wrote this on 15/11/2015. A little explaining”.
So the Photo & Film Expo is done and dusted for 2015 and I could not have felt more privileged to have been part of it this year. The amount of support and goodwill steered my way was overwhelming and more grateful I could never be for the love and grace I received.
There are those who could not make it for reasons that are their own and for that reason I have decided to upload the written transcript to my blog. Others have asked me to share it just because they appreciated it so much.
Enjoy it as much as I enjoyed compiling it with soul, love and creativity; the essence of myself that is put into my work.
I find it really sad that folks in the photography industry or voyeurs alike feel the need to label and box and bitch and moan about the subject choice of or the apparent delusional mind frame that we're in to think that photographing dandelions is high art. I have never once said or thought that lol. I do it because it makes me incredibly happy and it's not the only thing I photograph either but because I post more dandelions than anything else does that make me less respected as a photographer? What you and I choose to photograph is our business because it makes YOU or ME happy, it's not about 'them'. And if it is about 'them' you're doing it for the wrong reason, unless you're being paid to do a specific job. I choose to share my photographs because I would like onlookers to feel that same happiness in the whimsical presence of something common that can be made really beautiful with a little imagination, hell who needs more bad news and heartbreak with the crap that's going on? I wish on a dandelion that folks would just concentrate more on themselves and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing or whether it's serious enough to be considered legitimate art or high end photography. Do you honestly care? And when people have photography as a passion or as an interest, having that one thing in common, why can't all genres as well as the people practicing them just be respected instead of berated, mocked or considered 'less than'? Makes no sense to me. None. Sorry, I had to get that off my chest, it's been there for a while
How I see it...
I see, speak and write in metaphors because I feel there is much we can learn from nature, people and our surroundings as depicted in my photographs and why I enjoy sharing my thoughts. Not in any attempt to convince or convert you to my way of thinking, seeing or feeling but to share how I see and experience MY mind map of the world. You at no time have to agree, all I ask is that my views and the views of others who wish to express theirs are kindly respected. So relax, get comfy and just enjoy. Happy reading!