Something I don't have much of is photos of me as a child. It has left me with somewhat of an empty space inside like there are memories missing but I can't remember because the pictures are gone. I swear I remember seeing them, but it's like they have vanished into thin air. I see my mothers handwriting where one should have been, but that is all that is left. An idea of a picture.
I've heard it said that when a child sees images of themselves on the walls, along with their family members, they more easily feel that they are loved and cherished and part of a family. Their self-esteem is boosted.
David Krauss, a licensed psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio says, “I think it is really important to show a family as a family unit. It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit. A photographer’s job is to create and make the image look like a safe holding space for kids where they are safe and protected. Kids get it on a really simple level.”
Krauss is one of the earliest pioneers in using people’s personal photography and family albums to assist in mental health counseling and therapy. He co-authored “Photo Therapy and Mental Health” in 1983 that is considered a founding text for the use of photography in therapy.
Now wether you choose to display your images on your walls, or hide them away on a digital medium such as an iPad, computer, or phone, one thing remains clear, they NEED TO BE SEEN often. How much easier would it be to do that when you can walk by a room in your home that has walls filled with images of your children and family?
"Children will not remember you by the material things that you provide, but for the feeling that you cherished them" ~ Richard L Evans