Monday, January 13, 2014

Through the eyes of the next generation

Storm's coming
London, ON
September 2013
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Of all my favorite photos of 2013, this ranks at the top of the list.

I'll admit that at first glance it might seem like an odd choice. It is, after all, and fairly everyday scene in an everyday place. It doesn't have that overproduced patina that make you go wow or feel a sudden need to catch your breath. It isn't spectacularly mind-blowing or otherwise worthy of a permanent slot over the mantel.

It's what the photo signifies, the story that it tells, that rocks me to the very depths of my soul. And that story is a simple one of our kids capturing an approaching storm in their own voice, on their own terms. To watch them pick up their own cameras and build their own narrative through the lens is, in a word, heartwarming, and this picture neatly exemplifies how they've come into their own as photographers.

It's been a voyage of discovery for them, and they've learned on their own time and their own terms how powerful a rectangle of tightly packed pixels can be, and how much fun it can be to just get out there and shoot.

So they do. And I like to step back and watch them work. Long may they shoot.

Your turn: What should they shoot next?


photowannabe said...

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.
This tells a story without the words.
You can be very proud Carmi.
They know a good story when they see one.

photowannabe said...

A picture is worth a thousand words. Be proud Carmi.
Your kids have learned their lesson well.