Wednesday, July 02, 2008
A Kid’s Perspective
From Ivy’s perspective.
It is so easy to forget that children are not also people. I remember when I was a child, I was perfectly cognizant of how little respect children got in the wider world. Many grownups believed that because children did not have a lot of life experience that also meant they were stupid.
This is not true. In fact, children may actually be a bit “smarter” than grown ups, sometimes, who think they know everything and have closed themselves off to learning new perspectives, new ideas, new thought patterns… new tricks.
So I have a challenge for you.
Try to look at the world from a child’s point of view.
Get down on the floor. Look up at a person, a place, a thing from down at a kid’s height. What does it make you feel? How is it different from up top? Is it entertaining having everyone’s butt at your eye level?
Pay attention to your own kid… what do THEY pay attention to? Once, many months ago, I told G to tell me what to take a picture of as we went on our morning walk, and I was surprised to find him pointing again and again at something I never even noticed. He wanted picture after picture of hubcaps. Hubcaps! It makes sense. They are shiny and round and right at his eye level as he rides in the stroller. I never noticed. But they have their own drama and beauty. Learn to see the world from another perspective and it can’t help but widen your own viewpoint.
In fact, why don’t you let your kid take some pictures. You can gear it to their age level or ability. My toddlers get to tell me what they want, or they press the button while I hold it. An older child might be able to use a camera on their own. Get them their own point and shoot disposable camera or show them how to use yours and let them just go to town.THEIR town. Let them shoot as many shots as they want of their world from their perspective. I can almost guarantee that you will be surprised by what they are looking at, and what they think is important enough to capture on film.
From Gabriel’s perspective.