Honorable Mention TIFA 2021 People / Self-Portrait

Not As Advertised

  • Photographer
    Pamela Hanlan
  • Technical Info
    Iso 200 To 320, F 8.0, Canon Eos 7d, Lens 24-70
  • Photo Date
    September 15 and 18, 2021

I remember the ads of the 50's, 60's and 70's where the housewife was always happy and efficient.The children were planned, conceived and always well-behaved and perfect. Problems with conceiving were considered a failure on the woman's part.Relationships were always perfect with expectations met.I wanted to be that person and have the perfect children and clean, spotless house.That didn't happen for me and many others. I used the calendar so that I could represent any housewife and to show the passage of time.Life, not as advertised but, at least in my case, happiness was eventually found.

It has taken me quite a while to consider myself a photographer. In my lifetime I have been daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, empty nester, widow, and partner. Never in those years was I a photographer. Frankly, except for family memories, I didn't have time. Some might, and have said that I am stubborn. I prefer determined. I have also been described as quirky, but only by those who say they love me. I have always seen stories in the world around me, laughed when perhaps I shouldn't, and I listen carefully.