"The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them."
– Ralph Nichols
My wonderful grandmother and inspiration behind this work.
I've spent the last 25 years as a portrait photographer and one afternoon I was in my living room staring at a large framed photograph of my grandmother (above) that was taken shortly before her passing, and I was so dearly grateful to have this document of her. And yet something was missing.
I thought about all her funny little sayings, her quick sharp wit, how she gracefully held a tea cup filled mainly with sugar, the old kitchen radio locked on a crackling CBC channel, her interest in world news and then proceeding to a map on the wall to locate the country of reference, the grin on her face after calling me a 'city slicker', how she was the only one to ever scold my mother...to my father's amusement, the incredible garden with carrots the size of shoes, her fear of bears, the hundreds and hundreds of salt and pepper shakers in a cabinet, and all those crossword puzzles.
And then I thought about all the questions I didn't ask. At the age of 12, how did she ever go on after losing her two favorite people, her mother and grandmother, within a week of each other from the Spanish Flu? How did she raise three kids on her own after her husband walked away from his family in the middle of the Great Depression? Why did she feed, shelter and even give money to strangers when she herself barely had enough to make ends meet? Why did she refuse to go to weddings, including her own children's? Why did she collect those salt and pepper shakers? And on and on.
Wishing I had taken the time to have recorded her answering more of my questions, it was quite disheartening that I had not, and
LECORRE FILMS was conceived from that very moment.
Victoria, BC. Canada
"Darrell thank you so much for doing this. This is such an awesome tribute to my mother and now everyone can see just how special she is. So many wise words. We are proud."
– Sandy Stewart-Chrest