The discovery of a rare photograph of my great grandmother playing in the snow.
Since I have been looking into my family history and reading letters from the past, I have become increasingly interested in the context my relatives lived in. They were born in the 19th century and passed into the 20th, with everything that happened and was invented at the time. Just as I find it hard … Continue reading Context is King
Photography is the art of preserving what we do not want to forget. Through photography we can see the world both as it is, and discover new interpretations of that same reality. Back in the days, when photos didn’t lie – when retouching and editing photos was non-existing – photography was something very special. People … Continue reading Preserved for Generations
Going through some photos from my ancestor's time in China, I find it fascinating to scrutinize the contents of those photos that - at a first glance - don't seem very interesting. Have you done that? Really looked at the details in a photograph and discovered something that reveals a new dimension? I had that … Continue reading Photos Revealing Photos Lost
A story about family geneaology research, a wedding picture and how a braid was a determining factor in my familys' continutiy.
This man is part of my family. He stands proudly in his place on the window seal, together with photos of my husband and kids. He is by far the most prominent-looking of them all. He is all dressed up in his finest gear. But who is he? My grandmother told me that he was … Continue reading The Mystery Man Amongst Us
Reading letters from my great grandmother I slowly unveil her history and piece together the puzzle that is our familys' legacy
Going for what you want out of life is not always easy, but it all comes down to taking those first steps and overcoming your fears. Olga, is an example of that.
How do you explain the meaning of life to kids who grow up while the world around them is burning? How do you answer their worried questions about their future, when people are are dying from meaningless violence by the minute, all over the world. I'm asking, because I know I'm not alone thinking about … Continue reading What do You Tell Your Kids When the World is Burning?
A reflection on how getting to know your family history can make you feel more connected to your relatives and where you come from. I just received a book I ordered. It's a pretty old book - printed in 1921. I got a tip from a newly found relative that there was a story about … Continue reading Revisiting History