Monday, February 22, 2010
When I was a kid, I had a Disc camera. I thought that thing was the coolest device ever, and I'm sure I took an obnoxious amount of pictures with it, costing my parents a small fortune in film and developing. (Thanks, mom and dad.) As a result, I have stacks of pictures of what I thought was important, at age eight and ten and twelve. It is a fascinating insight into my kid-mind, better than any of the many journals and diaries I kept at the time.
These days, you can hand a kid a digital camera and it doesn't even cost anything to take all those pictures! And they get the instant gratification of being able to see the shot they just took right away. My five-year-old now has a kids' digital camera of her own, but she's been shutter-bugging with various cameras and phones for years now. I will frequently go to sync my phone and find dozens of photos of teddy bears.
I think kids learn a lot from the opportunity to take pictures. But even more important is what we can learn from their photos. From their perspective, from what they choose to frame... it's a fascinating glimpse.
Hand a kid a camera. You just might get a kid's eye view.
This post is part of the Moms' 30-Minute Blog Challenge, hosted by Jamie over at SteadyMom. Thanks, Jamie!