I always say you never know what pictures, documents, or family heirloom someone has in their home until you visit them and ask to see what they have. I recently visited my Uncle Roy’s house and he happened to have some of my grandmother’s photo books laying out. To my surprise while looking through one of the photo book were two photos of my grandparents (his parents) that I didn’t have in my collection. I am not even sure if all of my aunts and uncles have seen these pictures of their parents.
If you have the opportunity visit your relatives and ask to see their pictures, you might find photos you’ve been looking for or photos you’ve never seen.
My grandmother is pictured third from the left, I first saw this picture in October when I went on my research trip to Alabama. While I was visiting I went to my grandmother’s church and attended a Sunday church service. I noticed in the hallway a few pictures and lo and behold I see this one. This picture was probably taken in the the 1960s, I am not sure if this was the choir picture or just some of the female members of the church, either way, I was happy to see it. I just think if I wouldn’t have visited and attended the church service I might have never seen this picture. I encourage everyone to visit your ancestral communities, you never know what you might discover or uncover.
I manipulated an old family picture in photoshop and added their surname with knockout aka transparent text to the photo. Photoshop Essentials has an awesome and easy article on how to get this similar effect. Maybe you’ll be able to create something like this with a family picture of yours.
Dave Burgess Annis Lock and Children
I just found out about Digital Diaspora Family Reunion and all that they do and have been doing and I just think this is awesome so be sure to checkout ddfr.tv for more video, projects etc.
Journalist Linda Holmes visits with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris during the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR) Roadshow at Harlem Stage. Ms. Holmes shares her family photos from Kentucky, New Jersey, and around the world.
To learn more about African American History and Photography please visit “Through A Lens Darkly” TALD documentary and multimedia project & Digital Diaspora Family Reunion DDFR @ Chimpanzee Productions, Inc.