Photo Journal - Around the Block by Tiny & Little

It’s a beautiful afternoon here in sunny Brisbane. I’ve just finished watering my seedlings {fingers crossed they grow into thriving plants}, the neighbourhood is still a little bit quieter than usual with just the odd barking dog and singing bird. It’s the perfect time to stop and appreciate the wondrous environment that surrounds us… Introducing Natalie from Tiny & Little and her 4 year old son.

Around The Block - Photo Journal by Tiny & Little

“In the eyes of a child you will see… the world as it should be.” – unknown

I adore this quote and viewing the world through a child’s eyes, finding it both inspiring and filled with their sense of wonder. My love of capturing that, while encouraging them to take the time to explore the world around them, led to an activity we do regularly in the tiny & little household – Around the Block.

Around The Block - Photo Journal by Tiny & Little

Around The Block - Photo Journal by Tiny & Little

On any given day, usually when they’re not expecting it as it gives the element of surprise and doesn’t allow them time to think out shots before the outing, each of the little ones will be handed a camera – two receive my old point and shoot cameras, the other my iphone. As we step out the door, they’re given a challenge – “We will be walking for 20 minutes and in that time I’d like you to take five/six/ten photos of whatever interests you on our walk.”

Around The Block - Photo Journal by Tiny & Little

Around The Block - Photo Journal by Tiny & Little

Around The Block - Photo Journal by Tiny & Little

Setting the low limit on photos reminds me of the days when I photographed using film. When you only have a 24 shot film, every single one of those 24 shots is carefully considered before you take the photo. You don’t rush too early because you may miss out on being able to take photos at the end of the journey. Each shot needs to be considered if you want to make the most of the limited number of photos, so you slow down. You look around you. You consider the whole world around you to make sure you don’t miss the beautiful thing you could’ve photographed while snapping randomly.

Around The Block - Photo Journal by Tiny & Little

Around The Block - Photo Journal by Tiny & Little

In this activity, I watch the little ones slowing down. They notice the birds and look to see where they are. The little ones hear the wind in the leaves and gaze at how the branches move. They look through gates, down drains and over fences, and watch ants crawl along the footpath. They look for the sun, the moon and cloud shapes in the sky.

Their faces shine with excitement and pride as each shares the images they’ve taken with the others. It’s that or giggles as they see who can bust the craziest pose for another’s photograph.

Throughout it all, I’m an observer. I follow them with my DSLR, capturing their emotions as they create their own photo journal. Often I’ll take a photo of the same thing after them so that I can join the conversation when we compare photos and show them a different perspective. The way that we view the world so differently at times is astounding.

Before they know it, what was a twenty minute activity has taken 45 and they are content. Tired, but joyful, and it’s time for a milkshake break to recharge before we walk home.

Around The Block - Photo Journal by Tiny & Little

All photos in this journal (excluding the title image) were taken by Mr 4 (the TINY in tiny & little) and photos by the teeny and little ones will be shared on the tiny & little blog soon.

A little inspiration for using the photos

  • let the little ones create a scrapbooking page with printed copies of the photos
  • show all photos (yours and theirs) that you took of the same object side by side and discuss differing perspectives
  • use a particular photo as an opportunity to learn more about something (for example, after these photos Mr 4 and I spoke about sunflares, sunlight and camera lenses)
  • ask the little ones to draw/paint/sketch their own art copy of the photograph or to recreate aspects of it (patterns, shapes, colours) in their own abstract piece

 


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