The Gallery: Pride (and Spring)

>> Wednesday, 9 March 2011

I didn't take this photo.

A 6 year old child in Boy #1's class did. Sure, I've messed about with the colour and contrast etc, but essentially, this is the photograph that they meant to take. It's one of a number that were taken for something I've already mentioned here; the Silent Auction. For those who didn't read that post, it's an event where staff and parents at the Boys' school are given the chance to bid for baskets containing collections of goodies (but not, it has to be said, my Green & Black's chocolate), or for art projects completed by their children's class.

Being a devotee of the printed photograph album, I suggested to Boy #1's class teacher that this year we create one of those, made up of photographs taken by the children. Each child was lent a digital camera for around 30 minutes, and one of the other parents and I escorted small groups around the school whilst they snapped away to their heart's content. We then edited each child's submission down to the best 3 or 4 each, and I messed around on photoshop to crop them and make the colours pop.

The photograph above is one of the results.

I am so proud of their efforts; it was amazing to me how beautiful some of the photographs that resulted are. I would love to share them all with you to illustrate that, although obviously I can't do that, so those sledges will have to do.

And, because I'm incapable of letting an opportunity past to showcase my own photographs, I thought I would show you this one - which I did actually take - as well. The word that this brings to mind, for me, is Spring, which is finally making an appearance in Moscow.

I know using ice to illustrate Spring seems unlikely but, believe me, snow on the roof has to actually melt to make icicles like these...

This post is for Wk 48 of Tara's Gallery; click here to see all the other fantastic submissions.


PippaD 9 March 2011 at 10:12  

Hooray snow is melting Spring is coming!

That first photo though is stunning.

Trish @ Mum's Gone to... 9 March 2011 at 10:17  

Giving children a camera is always a revelation. My son loved snapping things from an early age and I've found he is more interested when we are away if he is able to take his own shots.

Tattie Weasle 9 March 2011 at 10:36  

Both beautiful photos....think I hasd better get my camera out too!

planb 9 March 2011 at 15:22  

At six?!! That's amazing! We gave L a camera for Christmas (she's nearly four) and she really hasn't got the hang of it yet at all.... I live in hope now!

Mari's World 9 March 2011 at 16:21  

I used to live in the Dolomites and we had icicles hanging form the roof which I adored. I'm so pleased Spring is finally reaching you too

Iota 9 March 2011 at 19:08  

What a great project!

Anonymous,  9 March 2011 at 19:53  

That's a really great project for the kids. I'll bet they loved it and got all inspired and excited.

Wow, so icycles signal spring. Makes me shiver just looking at that! Gorgeous photo though x

jack 9 March 2011 at 21:02  

Love the saturated colours of the sledges!

Expat mum 10 March 2011 at 15:37  

We're at the ice-melting stage too in Chicago, although since it's melting and falling off skyscrapers, it's a bit dangerous.

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