We wake up with bleary eyes this Friday morning, and aching necks from watching fireworks explode above us all night. The freedom to stay up altogether too late, but that’s part of what summer is about. Walking home in the dark, watching fireflies in the bushes and long grass that line the sidewalk.
I’ve so been looking forward to the start of this summer’s Nurture Photography Challenge since the Spring Challenge ended. Every season I enjoy seeing your different ideas and takes on the prompts.
A Child’s Perspective
As photographers I think that we often can get a little stuck in our ways and sometimes in order to be more creative we need to try new things or loosen up a little.
Young children have an entirely different view on the world around them, both literally and figuratively. They are full of curiosity and notice the little things that perhaps we don’t see. Small details, bugs in the grass, or pretty flowers. We can benefit from this alternative perspective by using it to feed our creativity, have you ever wondered what your surroundings might look like to a small child?
Children spend a lot more time looking upwards than we do. Everything is larger than them, they have to look up to be able to see the faces of their parents and in turn are more likely to notice everything that is looming high above them. Tall buildings, clouds in the sky, squirrels high in trees.
I don’t mean to imply that you should walk around with your head in the clouds all of the time, but once in a while when you’re out shooting try looking up. Crouch down on your knees and angle your camera up to capture a different perspective.
Closer to the Ground
Because young children are generally smaller than us, they are closer to the ground and able to perhaps notice things down there that we wouldn’t. Tiny flowers blooming on ground covering plants, ants and other bugs, shiny pennies that have been dropped.
Kneel to a child’s height and see how different everything around you looks. In your home cabinets and ceilings are higher, outside the trees loom overhead and the bushes that line the sidewalk are taller. You might notice something that you didn’t see last time you looked.
Children are naturally more curious than we are, they are always absorbing information and constantly noticing. I have walked past the mural picture below almost every day after dropping Mikey off at school, seeing it but not really noticing it. It wasn’t until he pointed it out to me that I really took the time to look at it. Then suddenly I saw what he saw: the hands around the edge, the pieces of recycled glass, pottery and the materials that make up the entire mural. Even the paint splattered on the ground below.
The combination of unique perspective and curiosity is why children notice those little things that we don’t usually see or give any thought to. Try seeing the world through a child’s eyes this summer, I’m sure they’ll have a lot to share with you.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
– Pablo Picasso
*Photos taken using the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Edge 80 Optic
If you want to benefit from your child’s perspective and have some fun at the same time, head on over to Live and Love Out Loud today where Kristi is sharing some tips on having a successful photowalk with your kids.
I’m teaming up with Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud for another inspiring adventure as we photograph our way through summer with the Nurture Photography Challenge. We’re doing it big this summer and getting the kids involved. We’ve got tips and tutorials, inspiring weekly prompts, and fun summer activities to do with your kids.
Just a few more details:
All are welcome regardless of skill level, camera equipment or geographic location.
Share your favorite images inspired by our weekly prompts each Friday and grab our lovely button while you’re at it!
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The linky will remain open from 9am Friday – 9am Thursday CST. Don’t forget to visit and comment on the previous entry in the linky list.
We’re sharing the photography love and showcasing our talented photographers by pinning some of your lovely photos to our Nurture Photography Inspiration Board.