Each month I participate in a photography personal project entitled Songs of Life with a group of photographer friends of mine. We capture images of our personal lives in a lifestyle or documentary style of photography, inspired by a different song each month. For these photos, our goal is to capture our real lives as we are living it, attempting to create images that capture life as it unfolds, rather than more posed portraits.
This month’s inspiration was the song “Dream” by Priscilla Ahn, a personal favorite of mine. This song encapsulates the magic of childhood for me, being able to get lost in a world of play, a world of your own. To me, this is the epitome of childhood – the innocent, carefree simplicity of being lost within imagination. It is a time that is fleeting, before worries and responsibilities take over our lives. It is a time when you can still believe in magic, and a time when everything in life seems possible.
My daughter loves to play in the special play area underneath her bed. It is her hideaway, a place where she can go and escape into a world of her own. I have wanted to document her playing underneath her bed for some time. When she told me that she wanted to have a tea party underneath her bed after school one day, I knew I had to capture it, this fleeting time when she can wear princess crowns and escape to a magical world all her own with her stuffed friends, serving them imaginary tea on princess plates, with a magic wand to bring it all to life. I know that in a few years, these days will be gone forever. But I will have these memories, captured forever within these photos, to remember the magic of her childhood.
Be sure to continue along in our blog circle to see how Lucy of Lucy Elayne Photography interpreted this month’s song.