Thursday Thought

My granddaughter came to stay with us for a week or so during August, 2011. She was 2½ years old at the time.

She liked the idea of “helping” me take photos. So we gave her a compact digital camera to take her own photos during her holiday. Among the anticipated photos of the floor, the sky, the people with half a head, or no head, the door posts, etc., there was this one.

The photo was taken on a bad photography day, weather-wise, in the Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre in South Wales. It’s not level; it’s slightly blurred; it even breaks a few rules. But it works. The key elements may not be on the intersection of thirds, but a centred arrangement is better in this instance. The colours are muted because of the weather, but they are there.

She also took another photo of the same plant pot, but from a different angle. Again, not a technically perfect photo, but certainly acceptable; especially when you consider the age of the photographer.

Most importantly, though, the photos remind me to keep things simple. Seen through the eyes of a child, life is as simple as a plant in a flower pot. We could all learn something from this.

Look at your life through the eyes of a child . . .

. . . Your life is not as complicated as you think it is.


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    • To be honest, Chris, she hasn’t had the chance. Life has a strange way of interfering. But when my daughter read the post, earlier, she told me that my granddaughter wants to come for another similar holiday. Since she’s now 6, it should be a lot easier for her to get to grips with a camera. We shall see!


  1. Have you noticed how often young children stand on one leg or have their heads on one side when fixating upon something? So why not the same for photography? That is a most non-standard if not unique plant arrangement — sort of ordered chaos. Your granddaughter obviously had an eye for the unusual at a young age. I wonder if it was the chaos or the colour that struck her most.

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