Friday, December 02, 2011

Round Robin Challenge: Families Where We Find Them

I set myself a bit of a Challenge this time. The Round Robin Photo Challenge topic is Family, and how am I meant to photograph that? My dad is in North Carolina, my brother outside Cleveland. I haven't seen either of them in years. My own family is John, who doesn't like having his picture posted, plus the dogs, who have no opinion either way.

But I went to Reid Park, on a chilly day of intermittent rain, to see if there were any families my camera could find. I stalked one family from across the duck pond with my zoom lens:

I like that we can't see their faces. They become a generic family. The adults are both women, but they're still a family.

We don't know who these people are, really, what their actual relationships are and why they came to the park on such a blustery day. I hope they enjoyed the park and each other's company.

Okay, let's go for an even more generic family, albeit an extended one: the bronze people of Cancer Survivors Plaza:

According to my previous post on the subject, the entire sculpture (all the bronze bits) is titled "Cancer...There's Hope." It was the last work of artist Victor Salmones. The five figures at the back - a dad and his Picachu-toting little girl, the grandparents and a young woman - represent cancer patients and their supporters as the patients enter the maze of treatment with fear and determination.

In lieu of families like this, we build our families of choice, people we aren't necessarily related to at all. In my "church family" are two close friends I spend a lot of time with, Kevin and Jan:

So okay, I managed to find some substitute families to photograph. But at bedtime, after a bit of nagging, my own family graciously posed for me:

Now let's check out the families the other Robins photographed!

Linking List
as of 3 AM MST Saturday
December 3rd, 2011

Karen - Posted!
Outpost Mâvarin

Jama - Posted!
Sweet Memories

Freda - Posted!
Day One

Dave Richards - Posted!
daves(old short legs)photo blog

Gattina - Posted!
Keyhole Pictures

And it's not too late to join in yourself!



Jama said...

Looks like I'm not the only one 'borrowing' someone else family for this week challenge! lol
I love that third picture best, beautiful sculpture.

Gattina said...

I love the statues ! they are so lively ! What an artist !