Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Lines by Dahlia


Be afraid, very afraid. My wife and I have apparently passed on our love of all things visual to our two eldest children. We bought Zach his first camera while we were on vacation, and he's been clicking away ever since. Dahlia, not wanting to be left out, has been clamoring for some shutter time of her own ever since.

So we started doing walkabouts: tours of the neighborhood where we simply shoot whatever occurs to us. On one walk with Dahlia, she spent more of her time looking down, trying to tease out the interesting scenes that we usually miss because we're busy looking forward. This is her perspective of parking lines, pavement and shadows. It's scary how much she thinks like me.

Your turn: Look down. What do you see?

25 comments:

Ms Mac said...

Feet, desperately in need of a pedicure and some red nail polish!

Tammy said...

My pretty new sandals.

And yes, Dahlia is indeed your daughter. :) I can tell by the picture.

Linda said...

crappy hardwood flooring - I absolutely hate hardwoods, but I had to take what I got - military life, you know. Tried to cover it, but can't get enough area rugs to hide it.

Dahlia took a great picture. wonder why we don't look down more? Good perspective, great shadows...daddy's eye!

kenju said...

Not much but carpet right now. Most of the time I have a black cat at my feet, but they have abandoned me today.

I like Dahlia's photo. Very sophisticated.

Terry said...

Very cool photo, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree I guess.

Sandy said...

Sorry, Carmi, as much as I love seeing your photos, this one your daughter took takes the cake. In it's purest form, I'd mistake for a usual occurence around here. Yet it is so much more. It's potential. It's youth and it's a reminder that we ought not ever underestimate a child. She's already got a wise eye - beyond her years.

misskrob said...

My black keyboard with crumbs all around it. Must stop eating at my desk.

I love the lines. I love taking random shots (at least what many people consider random). I love the walkabout idea. What a great way to spend time with your kids and have them do something artistic and fun!

Im Chele In [dot] LA said...

Oh lord I am going to take pictures today of a great spot...
Thanks for sharing the photogbug..
its such a great one to share

Les Becker said...

I think every parent should put a digital camera in the hands of their child - of course, in our case it means watching a lot of Bratz videos - but they do have such an original view of the world that it's priceless to have a visual record. Bravo, Dad!

And congrats on your "Premium Canadian Blogger" award. It's well deserved, and we're proud of you! I look forward to seeing it displayed your sidebar.

Natsthename said...

I helped teach basic b & w and developing to 4th graders about 10 years ago and I was amazed at their abilities! They often had great eyes and took interesting shots. Looks like your little wonder has potential!

AverageMom said...

The kitty, sleeping on my lap. Also, more cleavage than I thought was showing in this shirt. Good thing it's only the cat to see me.

mommyof4 said...

Over flowing Trash can and comouter wires!
How nice your kids are taking after you;)

Killired said...

thats an awesome pix!!!!! i love it!
if i look down right now, i see carpet... nothing exciting... sorry.

atpanda said...

The keyboard of the computer I'm sitting at in my photography class.

atpanda said...

(that was atpanda. oops)

Ruby in Paradise said...

Reading this Post, makes me want to be a better parent. I can't remember the last time I took either of my kids on a walk. Thanks for sharing.

jac said...

carpet fuzz-balls and my poor tortured feet.

dahlia certainly has an eye :D

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Those genes are strong, Carmi, aren't they? This is a wonderfully interesting photograph. I love her perspective of these things one rarely examines! I'm going to have to look more closely at those things on the street.

Karen said...

Awesome photo! You know that you're creating little photographers, don't you? We played TONS of music in our car and now our kids are musicians. Be careful what you wish for....

Hi Carmi! Happy Thursday....

Rachel - Wicked Ink said...

Have you seen 'born into brothels'? For me that was an interesting perspective on how children see, and what they choose to share with us.

Congrats to both kids for taking time to capture life.

MissMeliss said...

Pink-polished toes (mine) and a carpet the color of oatmeal.

Love the picture - definitely the photographic eye runs in the family.

Jennifer said...

My tummy, wishing I could have another baby... sigh

CO said...

I think the pic is amazing and I also think children do see the world in a different light. As we grow we get desensitised to everything and take a lot of things for granted and not see a beauty in them anymore. Children on the other hand are always learning, looking at things in new ways as they learn etc. Watching them as you go about your every day tasks or listening to what they say what first comes to their mind during new adventures (that are common to you) allow you to learn even more and see things in new lights as well.

Nicole said...

Have I told you that I love how your blog blends the different parts of your life? One day a column on politics, the next a father's pride.

Gorgeous picture.

WendyWings said...

My ugly shoes that I just threw on because I had to go outside.
Dahlia has an artistic eye for sure.The force is strong in that one ;)
Michele sent me back :)