Last month I spent three days in Ted’s primary school talking to the children about photography, and how things have changed over the years. I showed them a few things that would help them take better pictures, and hopefully inspired them to take some photographs over the holidays…
Following the very grown up series of highbrow seminars (me, and thirty 5/6 year olds), we moved on to a photographic competition, whereby each child got to take a picture with my camera (yes, that did hurt somewhat), and all the wonderful results are now on a huuuuge display down the corridor.
Then a couple of weeks ago I was able to photograph the children at work and play, which was one of the most rewarding documentary projects I have shot in a long time. Not only did I get to see my son Ted in an environment that most parents never get to witness, but also to be surrounded by so much happy innocence and get to capture it moment by moment was truly magical.
As a parent it is an odd thing that we drop our kids off at school everyday, but we never really get a true insight into how they ‘actually look’ at school. I will treasure these photographs in years to come, even if Ted is covered in ink, paint and yoghurt in most of them.
I took in the region of 2000 images, and it’s taken me a couple of weeks to edit them, but here are a few of my favourites.