This summer we were given the chance to take part in the Travel Supermarket ‘Kids Capture the Colour’ competition. The idea was to let our kids loose with their own cameras so they could take snaps of whatever caught their eye. We’d then share our favourites under 5 colour headings, blue, red, green, yellow and white. My initial plan was for 5 year old E to do this and he has taken quite a few photos but I’ve been really surprised by how 2 year old T has taken to snapping everything, taking the camera with him everywhere no matter what he was doing. I’ve loved seeing what they think is important enough to photograph. Above are some of the pics the boys have come up with over the last couple of months but these are my favourites:
Having the camera with them has encouraged the boys to look around them more and especially up. We’ve got lots of pretty sky and cloud pictures but I like this one from last weekend that captures the move from summer to autumn on a beautiful sunny day.
E is quite careful lining up his shots. He likes to make sure he gets exactly the picture he wants. T, however, barely slows his constant movement, just pointing and clicking as he goes. I love that this blur of green shows just how much fun he has been having with the camera.
By far the boys favourite subjects are each other and they’ve managed some great portraits because they behave so naturally with each other rather than plastering on the fake smiles we normally get. I think being at the same eye-level makes a real difference too.
The boys didn’t snap very many white things, I guess they prefer colourful objects, but this one stuck out to me. It’s our kitchen door which I obviously walk past many times a day without noticing but it looks completely different from E’s perspective, taller and more imposing. I think it’s having the chance to see through their eyes that has made this challenge such fun for me so thanks Travel Supermarket!