Growing up I heard those 7 words so many times: "You look so much like your mother." When I was younger I didn't like it, I didn't get it either, she was old and I thought I looked nothing like her. Now, I like it when I hear those words, maybe because I don't hear them too often because I live on the opposite side of the world to her and maybe because I'm getting older and realize that yeah, maybe we do look alike. And I like that.
I really enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane getting these photos together for this article. I only had the photos that were available to me that I had scanned last November when I went home to Australia but I think there was definitely a good selection to choose from. One mayor observation I made though was that after the age of around 2 years old there were a lot less photos of mum and me together, and more of just me alone.
Is this the same for everyone? The way I am thinking about it is, the obvious fact of that when you are less than 6 months old it would be rare for you to be out of mum’s arms because you literally can’t do anything for yourself, but also the not so obvious thought of that after the age of 2 you don’t change quite as quickly so there may not be the need to document quite as much, so in the days of film cameras, they would just come out at special occasions.
LA/ England/Hawaii trip when I was 18 months old.
I think for me specifically, the reason why there are more photos of me alone over the age of 3, for example, is because my parents separated around that time so mum was the one behind the camera taking photos of just me rather than photos of us together.