One of the most important relationships in my life is with my younger brother. Despite an age difference of over five years, we have always been very close. Growing up, we spent most of our time together and had many of the same interests. When thinking about how I would represent our relationship in a photograph, I tried to think about what activities and memories I associate the most with my brother. The first thing that I thought of was that for as long as I can remember, we spent a lot of time playing outside in our backyard. We would mainly play soccer, baseball, and football, and we would invent rules to level the playing field to make up for our age and size difference.
To represent this part of our relationship in a photograph, I thought a good location to take a picture of us would be in our backyard, where we had so much fun playing sports over the years. This would be a good visual representation of us, as it symbolizes one of the main activities we spent time doing over many years. Next, I asked my brother what he would include in a photograph that would represent our relationship. Interestingly, he came up with the exact same idea as I had proposed. He mentioned that our backyard would be a good place to take a picture to represent all of the times we played outside growing up. As you can see in the picture, my brother and I chose to take a picture of ourselves in the yard behind our house, like we both had suggested.
Having the participation from my brother in making a decision about the photograph actually didn’t have any effect at all, because we had the same perception about what to include in the picture. I was very amused that we had the same thoughts as each other. I had expected that we might have some different ideas, but having the same ideas just proves that we agree about what have been the fun and memorable activities in our lives. From this process, I learned that my brother and I have the same perception of what things have been important in our relationship. We share the same memories of what has been important over the years, which is good to know and shows that we have a mutual and strong relationship.