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The Camera Famileye
We got Skylar a camera Tuesday. When I took her to the Center For Creative Photography the week before last it was clear that she was intellectually ready for one. And since we're going to D.C. this weekend, it seemed like a good time. I got my camera when I was about her age. Of course, mine was a 126 Kodak. Hers is a $230 dollar digital number. But when you factor in the cost of film and the freedom that digital photography provides, the discrepancy doesn't seem quite so large.

The camera is easier to use than ours, I think, but not by much. It will take her a while to have full control over her picture-making. In the meantime, though, she's already demonstrating a distinct and interesting eye, similar in some respects to her mother's but a little more given to abstraction for abstraction's sake. Or maybe I'm just imagining that. Somehow, though, I think there's purpose to the Bean's practicing. For one thing, she's already quoting masterpieces of Western visual art:

Sure, the placement of the flash was an accident and that of elizabeg may have been too. What's interesting to me, though, is that she was happy with the result when she viewed it today. "That looks cool!" I wonder if other six-year-olds would have had that response. Prepare to see more Bean shots during our trip; I'm sure there will be some interesting ones.

Mode: bleary
Muse: Cracker's "Sweet Thistle Pie" on the iPod Shuffle

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siyeh From: siyeh Date: July 7th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sigh. I'm still waiting for the day when I can get my fist digital camera.
From: zokah Date: July 7th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
posts like this on LJ certainly contribute to my desire.
somemonad From: somemonad Date: July 7th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I just got mine yesterday. It's gorgeous. And I got it for.... drum roll... $249!
somemonad From: somemonad Date: July 7th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
BTW, "fist" digital camera? That could be put to interesting uses.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: July 7th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Still awaiting my first purchase also, but soon. Soon.

Bean was giving me a lesson in taking pictures of yourself taking a picture. I asked her if she wanted me to hide but apparently some extra selves in that self-portrait mode worked well for her. Then I showed her how to practice self-portraits of the arms-length sort. And then lizards and movies and--
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