I recently read Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos. It was a wonderful book but there was one line that jumped out at me as soon as I read it. It went something like this…
“Clare realized that while she was the main character of her own story and all these people are supporting characters in her story – each of the supporting characters is the main character in their own stories and she was just a supporting character to them.”
*The above quote is me paraphrasing the jist of what I read. In typical me fashion I returned the book to the library and forgot to copy out the actual quote and now cannot find it anywhere on the whole wide internet. Of course. Ahem. I digress.*
This quote jumped out at me immediately – I loved how this portrayed the whole ‘walk a day in their shoes’ idea in a way that was so much more understandable to me. It is so easy to get wrapped up in being the main character. We are so focused on our own stories that we forget to be the best supporting character we can to those who are in our lives. We forget that everyone else has their very own, very different, story they are living.
I think that maybe that is why I like photography so much. The ability to step outside of my story for a moment, an hour, a day and capture someone else as the main character of their story. To put my story aside and really focus on telling someone else’s story. To give them a tangible reminder of that chapter of their lives – to essentially say that their story is one worth telling. That it matters.
Photographer is one of my favourite supporting characters to be. Always such an honour to be part of someone’s unique story.
*photos from last year’s photo shoot with Amy & Jordan*