FIELD TEST – WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GIVE A VERY SMALL CHILD A CAMERA TO PLAY WITH?
FUCK POLITICS LETS TALK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE
So here we are, post election excitement – I have been at rest since the madness of the polls and feeling temporarily uninspired to write anything…which, I can now firmly blame on the Tories!
Anyway, I promised the political talk would come to an end and so it shall – instead, lets move onto experimenting with very small children (something else the Tories are into…sorry!).
I think, perhaps, I should start again.
MY DISCOVERY OF SEVERAL RANDOM FILMS
So…I recently spent about a billion pounds on getting a large quantity of film processed. Films that I have taken over the past year or so and have not had the funds to process (tragic huh?). So in a fit of idle rage and partial madness – I took them all in a few weeks back and got the lot processed and scanned at once.
It was an exciting haul – full of surprises and forgotten gems. For anyone who doesn’t stock pile films and get them developed in one swoop months and months later…I highly recommend it! Every image is a nice surprise as you have no recollection as to what was on any of the films. I had the delights of several medium format films I took in Greece, my first efforts with the Lomo Mini Diana camera and even a couple of random 35mm shot through my Nikon FM. Marvelous.
Three photos initially confused me when I looked at them, until my memory banks kicked in and I remembered what they were all about! A few months back…perhaps at the dying end of last summer, Hannah and I met my sister and nephew in Preston Park for a picnic and general jolly. I was armed with various items for personal entertainment – including of course a host of cameras.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GIVE A 1 YEAR OLD TODDLER A 35mm SLR CAMERA TO PLAY WITH?
As I was thinking of new an interesting ways to amuse my then, 1 year old nephew, Noah – it occurred to me that one is never to young to learn photography. So my lesson began and I greedily forced him into taking his first every photographs.
So we were just warming up here and to be fair, young Noah had no idea what the hell was going on.
Still – I think he got quite a good portrait of his ear and how he managed to get the interesting blue to purple fade in the left of the frame is beyond me (edge of his finger perhaps?)…but I like it.
I discussed the merits of depth of field and focus with him – he spluttered a few noises back and we tried again.
OK, not bad – a definite improvement. I like his composition, good awareness of colour, perhaps his focus could have been a bit more centred – but overall, not a bad effort.
Think it kind of says something about a lazy day in the park.
Nice job. However, I felt a chat about visualising his images before he shot might help and we discussed how you can bring meaning into an image by being more selective about what you shot and really aware of what you put in and out of focus.
Check that puppy out. Now tell me if I am wrong, but that is a genuinely great photo! Taken from Noah’s point of view, I think it comments on the relationship of mother and son.
The ever watching eye of the mother gazing over the childs shoulder – mirrored by the ever gazing eye of the camera. Susan Sontag would have a field day with this one.
So, what do you reckon? For a 1 year old – I think he shows much promise! Next lesson, I will move him onto Medium Format and see how quickly he can master that medium!
Remember kids – you are never to young to start learning new and complex skills!