in their element

Adam's mother, who overturns every stereotype of mother-in-law by being completely awesome, has a thing about finding photos of people she loves in their element

We take so many photos these days, right? 

On our phones, we email them, keep them, forget to file them.

Among all the snaps, do you have any of you doing exactly the thing you love the most?

I have one, somewhere, don't know where, on a backup somewhere I think, that Adam took of me years and years ago, wearing some long dark green velvet dress, in my kitchen, reading a medieval recipe book in translation. 

That kinda qualifies.

I have one of Adam which I took on Paros in the Greek Islands when we were travelling (about a hundred years and two lifetimes ago). He's riding a vespa, suntanned and squinting into the sun, parked on a hill with the Aegean sea behind him. I love that photo. 

So I have a new project. Taking photos of people in their element. 

Please join in. If you have an elemental photo, I'd love to see it.


Tilly (4), sixth generation farmer.



7 Comments on “in their element

August 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm

You just need a few more kids- and then you’ll be the Australian version of Amanda soule. I am loving reading this adventure.

August 26, 2011 at 6:38 am

oooohhh, great idea. Those elemental pictures are the best. Sadly, there are none of me that qualify, I am always behind the lens. As for my kids – pictures in the moment – can’t beat it.

August 26, 2011 at 9:32 am
Charley @Secret_Water
August 27, 2011 at 12:39 am

If you scroll down in this post you will see my three year old in her element. It looks liek she’s doing some sort of meditation but she was just flicking up sand with her hands and the camera caught her in the “Om” position! LOve Tilly’s wellies. In a few years she’ll be chopping the wood!

August 27, 2011 at 8:05 am

Hi Renee! If I had a better record of keeping track of the kids I had, I’d have a better argument. And as much as I admire Soulemama, and it’s a LOT, I am so not her. She sews her own sanitary pads for heavens sake!!!! Nice to hear from you again. xx

August 27, 2011 at 8:06 am

Look at those gorgeous children. Jai is such a grown up big brother!! xx

August 27, 2011 at 8:08 am

That’s an awesome shot, Fort Banksia! You’ve bred a love of the sea into her! xx


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