Julie Blackmon

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Julie Blackmon is a photographer whose ongoing series Domestic Vacations is inspired by 17th century Dutch paintings of chaotic domestic life, particularly those by artist Jan Steen – see this painting and you’ll get a good idea. today a “Jan Steen Household” is used to refer to a home in disarray: full of rowdy kids and boisterous family gatherings. Blackmon is the oldest of nine children and herself a mother of three, and so she explores the everyday life of her family and those around her.

Familia

hila has been sharing some great old family photos lately, so i couldn’t resist dipping into my own collection. some background info: i have three older brothers. i’ll refer to them as brothers no. 1, 2 & 3 – because it’s easier that way.

Mamma’s Day

it’s mother’s day here on sunday. my mom is on a photography trip on the other side of the world where she will be gallivanting through the english countryside, so there will be no chance for me to lavish her with flowers and cups of tea. my mom doesn’t like eating sweet things – so no cake for mother’s day (i did not inherit that trait unfortunately.) we’ve recently had to overcome some difficulties as a family so mother’s day feels very significant to me this year. i feel that way more and more each day with my family.

thanksgiving

i have had a lot to give thanks for recently, so even though we don’t celebrate thanksgiving i’ll be giving it a polite nod and hope all of you in the states have a great time with your families.

1956 roadtrip

these photos are from andy blair, they show his mom and dad travelling from new york to los angeles to visit his aunt and extended family in 1956

kiekies

kelsey has shared over 300 of her vintage family photographs on flickr. they are so cool, i must have looked at every single one. i wouldn’t be surprised if one day i start breaking into people’s houses just so i can sit in the dark looking at their old photos… what the what! ps: kiekies means snapshots in afrikaans ;)

coco

sad coco

coco is my family’s german short haired pointer, and if you know anything about this breed it’s that they need a lot of exercise. and i mean a lot.