I made the decision to purchase each of the boys digital cameras this Christmas. We're not talking a nice Nikon or Canon but a kid-friendly device that takes 1.3 megapixel photos. The boys, particularly Big A, have become quite intrigued when it comes to taking pictures given how often they see me snapping photos of their work and our adventures. This seemed like the perfect way to provide an opportunity for them to explore the concept. I mean, honestly, all you have to do is delete the photos of stuffed animals, toys, etc. How much easier could it be to let your child explore, right?
As the boys explored each of their Christmas gifts the cameras became a favorite in no time. As best I could tell they were snapping the usual photos of wrapping paper, toys, our dog, and not surprisingly they discovered the #selfie. Little A received the honor of initiating this as he mistakenly began taking photos with the camera facing the wrong way. Not unexpected for a two year old with a digital device. It wasn't until much later in the day that I began to explore what the boys had documented. It quickly became very clear (pun intended) that Big A had captured an entirely different perspective on the day's events and his surroundings. The beauty in these photos completely caught me off guard. I was in awe of how a four year-old could create such artistic and emotional images.
There is certainly a nice collection of pictures highlighting toys, often with little toes on the edge of the frame, but even these images feel artistic in their own right. A Melissa and Doug learning clock, a completed puzzle, or magna-tile skyscraper all present a very different perspective than I would find through my own lens.
The boys now enjoy bringing the cameras as we go about the day-to-day. On New Year's Eve Big A took a drive the train station with my husband and captured another set of impressive images. The simplicity in the photos and light make the images incredibly powerful. There is something about the innocence in what he captures. I recognize that some (or many) of the images may in fact be taken with much less purpose than I am giving credit for, however, there is no doubt that what is in the frame is the perspective of a four year-old. The power in that alone tugs at my heart.
All of the photos here are unedited and unfiltered. I will continue to share more of Big A's photos here from time to time and more often on our Instagram feed.
Happy New Year!
ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families and design ideas based on our adventures building a home from the ground up.
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