Thursday, 11 February 2010

Where are the Negatives?

As a proud grandfather, I’ve found it hard to refrain from pointing the camera at our three granddaughters from the moment they arrived. So, it was probably inevitable that Speckly Woo! would develop a fascination with the digital photographic process.


We decided to order her a Vtech camera of her own, from Father Christmas, of course. He duly obliged and, ever since we wrestled it from the packaging, she’s been snapping away at a pace.


This week I offered to download her efforts and I was pleasantly surprised to find some rather nice shots in amongst the 300 or so stored on the SD card.

The photographs are quite low resolution but who’s going to get ‘picky’ when it comes to the artistic output of a three year old?

I’ve added a slideshow of her Vtech portfolio, just under the Speckly Woo! Gallery on this blog.


One thing we seem to have in common, is a love of shadows. Whenever we’re walking in the sun, she keeps a close eye on hers, just as I used to when I was a child.

© 2010, copyright Martin T. Hodges

17 comments:

  1. Through the eyes of a child - they are lovely, Martin.

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  2. What a lovely gift. A camera for creativity. Love the shadow picture and I too remember keeping an eye on my shadow. I think I first worried about it after hearing about Peter Pan losing his and having to have it stitched back on. I still keep an eye on it but now I'd rather like it to disappear.

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  3. Wow - she has some good shots. At three! Interesting. Great gift.

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  4. Very special, and indeed some good shots. I love the little baby toes and the shadow and the little window into her world, through her eyes.

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  5. What a great idea! I'd never have thought of it with my children -- but then it was expensive to develop the pictures. But now! Love the third shot especially!

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  6. A three year old with a good sense of composition. They are nice shots and I was surprised when you mentioned the age.

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  7. There's talent there, for sure Martin. The shadow shot is especially well-spotted.

    Commented at your link, by the way.

    Kat

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  8. Beautiful photos, Martin! She is a very talented photographer - I love the 'arty' shadow one!

    Julie xx

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  9. Little sweetie! You watch it, she'll be having her own blog with her own pictures added in no time.

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  10. The shadow photo is terrific. Good on you for getting her such a creative gift, you never know where it might lead.

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  11. Teresa

    They are lovely aren't they? I have to say, I was bowled over by them.

    Lynne, Stephanie, Vicki, MOB

    There's no surefire way of knowing if a present will be a 'hit', is there? But this has given so much pleasure already. We are glad we chose it.

    Leah, Larry, Julie

    Although the quality is a little grainy, it's been really interesting to gain an insight into the subjects that present themselves to eyes so young. The shadow is my absolute favourite too.

    Kat

    Fingers crossed, she will continue to show an interest.

    Thank you for commenting at the link. I appreciate it.

    Friko

    You may well be right. I'll be happy as long she's happily creating her worlds within worlds. Precious things for her to keep all of her days.

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  12. Hey, you've got a budding little photographer there! I love those sweet little Woo toes.
    Enjoyed the slideshow on your sidebar. (I am once again green with grandchild envy.)

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  13. HI Martin

    I loved the bouncy little pig tail or is it a pony tail?

    Have you taught her to focus on objects or are her shots random...



    Happy days

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  14. Delwyn

    Sometimes pig-tails, sometimes a pony tail. At the moment, she can be selective and focused, but there are moments, as with most three year olds, when she's a little whirlwind.

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  15. Fabulous. Speckly Woo! would make a fascinating contribution to the 365 project (http://365project.org/) where the rest of the world gets to see one person's life documented through a photograph of theirs each day. I bet there aren't many three-year-olds contributing!

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  16. You do know how much I admire Speckly Woo! don't you, Martin? She definitely has an eye, and an instinct, and an inspiration. Can we say that, maybe, she does take after her grandfather?

    Nevine

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  17. wittingpress

    Hmmm, definitely food for thought.

    Nevine

    I do recognise certain traits in Speckly Woo! from time to time. We seem to be on the same wavelength.

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