Children and Photography

Children are curious observers who often see things with fresh eyes, from different perspectives and of course lower heights. Photography is a playful tool to invite them to share with us what they find interesting when in nature.

When we were coming back from school in a warm afternoon, I gave Rauz our small digital camera and invited her to take pictures of anything she liked. She started taking pictures of trees in buds, tiny dandelions, dried leaves on the ground, and bushes. Then she decided to make some arrangements before taking a photo. She put pine cones, big pieces of barks, and leaves on a cut tree trunk and then took pictures. From those pictures, she chose this one and asked me to post it in this blog. I asked her why and she said, “I took this picture because I wanted to see how this pine cone is going to drawn or I wanted to see how this pine cone is going to grow or die next year.”

Rauz gradually became more excited about the experience moving from one flower or tree to another while we were walking. She liked to see the pictures on the camera’s screen right after she took them. I noticed that the experience is challenging her to sit and look carefully at tiny corners, holes, and details that otherwise she would’ve not been very interested in. So on that day, photography became one way to engage with nature and investigate it.

We also became surprised to see how city garbage is tangled with our natural environment. So Rauz also asked me to post this picture and said, “Is this a very nice picture? No! It is not because you see a picture of an old plastic piece of garbage bag.”

She said she wants to go back to this place to see how these things may change in a year.



5 comments on “Children and Photography

  1. raanaasad says:

    I love your blog. I was introduced to a documentary about the power of photography and how children enjoy it. If if ever get a chance do watch it. Born into Brothels – Kids with Cameras

  2. raanaasad says:

    I loved your blog. I was introduced to the idea of the power of photography and I let the children in my program use camera all the time.
    There is a great documentary, if you ever get a chance please watch it.
    Born into Brothels – Kids with Cameras

    • Hi Raana, Welcome to the world of bloggers. Thanks for your interest. I love to see that film. What fascinates me about studying young children’s photos is how much we can learn about the way they see the world differently from us. Their photos say a lot about their eyes levels, attention, believes, interests, worries, and hopes. The key is to have the time to sit and talk about those photos with them.

  3. ramsogood says:

    I like your blog. It sounds great because children discover many new things looking at the envioronment and not onlythat but enriches their knowledge at first hand experience.i just developed a blog page to share my writings.

  4. Thanks for your interest. I see photography can play a strong role in holding our memories, memories that we can always revisit and reflect on. In this rushed time that we live in today, it seems to me that we don’t offer our children enough opportunities to keep their experiences connected. We ignore the magic of each of these encounters, we pass them very quickly. Even the digital photography is increasing this rush, we take the pictures but lose them among the hundreds other photos that we accumulate in tens of files our computers or smart phones. The key is to sit with the child and talk about the picture again and again.

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