What Does The Fox Say? | St. Augustine Family Photographer
I've been asked a couple of times about the fox in my logo and what his name is. He's been a part of the Danielle Brooks Photography branding for over a year and he has remained nameless, until now.
When I was a little girl, my Dad would read to me "Uncle Remus Stories". He wouldn't just read the stories to me. He would READ them to me. All the characters had different voices and accents. I grew up knowing Br'er Fox, Br'er Bear, and Br'er Rabbit. (Pronounced Bur and means "brother") I am so glad I still have that book. I hope to one day photograph my Dad reading that book to my kids.
Just a little background, the stories of Uncle Remus were written by Joel Chandler Harris and they were published in 1881. Harris was a journalist and fiction writer. As a journalist he worked on Turnwold Plantation. The owner of the plantation had a printing press and Harris worked for him creating the only local plantation newspaper, "The Countryman". In exchange for working on the paper, he was allowed to live on the plantation. In his free time he would often go to the slave quarters to listen to the stories that were told.
These stories became the basis for his "Uncle Remus" books. They are a collection of animal stories, songs, and oral folklore as told by Southern United States African-Americans. Harris told these stories through his main fictional character, Uncle Remus. He was able to publish some of his Uncle Remus stories in the newspaper. He quickly became famous for his Uncle Remus stories. It is important to note that Harris was not racist, nor was he promoting slavery. If you read Uncle Remus you know that it is a rich telling of stories that always have a moral take away. Harris saw the importance in these tales and simply sought to preserve their memory. Harris is often regarded as an early advocate for social equality in the south after the American Civil War.
How cool is that? I never knew that the stories my Dad read to me were based on stories told decades ago! What a history lesson. It is literally a slice of the past preserved. So naturally when I had a fox integrated into my logo I thought of Br'er Fox. I didn't want to name my fox Br'er Fox because he isn't a particularly nice character. But these characters are so close to my heart and will always be fondly remembered as part of my childhood. And if wasn't for Harris' fictional character Uncle Remus sharing theses tales, I wouldn't have these memories.
Harris saw the value in preserving the past for future generations, and that's what I want to do with my photography. I want to preserve YOUR memories, and YOUR stories for future generations. One day you will look back and say, "That's our family. Even if only for a moment we captured who we were at that time." A photograph has the ability to freeze a moment in time and reflect it for the years to come. Just like Harris and Uncle Remus narrating the stories from the past. So I decided to name my fox Remus.
I've got a lot of great ideas for Remus that I can't wait to share with you! What do you think of the name? Do you have a mascot that you've named? Sound off in the comments below!