Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Say Cheese

They say a model has to be in love with the photographer for him/her to be able to shoot a truly memorable picture. Any wonder, therefore, that my most flattering photographs have all been shot by my older one.

He is immensely talented, I always told myself, because he could grasp the nuances of portrait photography better than many people of an older generation.

But now it turns out that when he is not smashing the lens of my trusty Canon A-540, the younger one takes rather good photographs himself. Not only is this photograph more flattering than any other that has been clicked in the recent past, it also captures perfectly a mood that I get into very infrequently, but which I cherish whenever I do.

Artistically near perfect, I am sure I could not have done better had I tried. And the kid is three months short of his fourth birthday!

While the proud mother in me would love to believe that it is my kids that are super talented, I know that is not really the case. The proliferation of digital cameras has reduced the variable cost of photography to such an extent, the hobby has not become accessible to everyone. I don't cringe, as my parents must have, when my sons take multiple photographs of everyday objects. And practice does make perfect.

Wouldn't it be great if everyone could perfect all their skills as easily. Or would that make life too boring?


Anonymous said...

Great photo of you! Of course you should be proud...

I love the fact that kids can take billions of photos with a digital camera without having to worry about developing them... All you have to do is delete or upload them. Such creative freedom!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Wonderful picture!

I take tons of pictures with my camera for setting inspiration for different books. I never develop any of them...just keep them in a file on my computer for when I need them. So nice!

Mystery Writing is Murder

Watery Tart said...

Oh, never fear. They are both incredibly talented! But I agree-it's a whole different world than when i used to get yelled at for using all the film taking pictures of the dog. It would be nice if we could all have the skills we choose be so readily developed.

Elspeth Antonelli said...

They both certainly seem to have the eye. Be proud!


Chary Johnson said...

Lovely photo. I think it is wonderful that you are facilitating and encouraging this interest in your children. I remember when I was younger, under no circumstances was I allowed to use the family camera or any camera for that matter.

And no it is not just you, your boys are talented!

dipali said...

Lovely photographs, both this and the one you linked to!
Both love and talent, methinks:)

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Fiona - digital cameras have really freed us, haven't they?

@ Elizabeth - I've almost stopped printing out photographs any more. So much easier just seeing them on the screen.

@ Tami - that would be great, wouldn't it? But again, if we don't have to work at things, would be appreciate them as much?

@ Elspeth - I am! Can't you tell.

@ Chary - film cost so much, we were naturally not allowed near cameras. Benefits of technology, isn't it?

@ dipali - I would love to believe that. Thanks from a proud mother.


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