In July I carried out an informal art experiment to let go of my son’s shoes from the age of 2-8. The shoe collection had been held on to, photographed and used in drawings as an ongoing project throughout that time.
Hand a child a camera and you never know what will happen. You will get lots of blurry photographs and many photographs of feet. You will get close ups of objects you never knew were interesting. You will get unusual angles, dramatic compositions, lots of colour and lots of fun.
The fantastic photographs included here were taken in Summer term of 2015 by a group of young photographers at Thomas Fairchild Community School in Hackney, aged 5-9. The pupils used digital compact cameras and a sense of adventure. The main aim of these workshops, facilitated by Angela Stapleford Photography & Community, was for children to have fun with cameras, and the resulting photographs also revealed the pupils’ incredible talent and creativity.
When is someone old enough to pick up a camera and start taking photographs? I remember taking a photograph when I was about 8 years old and my grouped family frowning at the camera as they all thought I was holding it wrong and would crop their heads out. That was in the days of film when every unfocused, over exposed or poorly executed image seemed like a waste of resources in the 24-36 frames available in each roll.
With digital photography, the availability of lower cost compact cameras and the development of better quality mobile phone cameras most children probably start taking photographs a lot younger today. Hopefully they are more free to make mistakes. The number of photographs that can be taken are limited only to the size of available memory. A poor quality digital photograph will cost nothing, it doesn’t have to be printed and can be deleted if it is no good…
But wait! DON’T delete those “bad” photographs that look like nothing discernible at all… Continue reading “Too young to take a good photograph?”