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Week 11 Children as Photographers [Nov. 15th, 2005|09:18 pm]
A_Me_Lum
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This weeks readings were very similar so I'm going to just write it as one post instead of 3.

I thought it was neat how the researchers wanted to ask children about their thoughts and feelings when they took the photographs, usually teachers/parents ask children about their drawings and other creations but not about their photographs. It is interesting to think of photography as a way to express yourself and to try to analyze photographs to understand children better. It was also a good idea to ask children if they are happy with the results because it will make them think of technology and how they can modify their tools in order to get better results, we seldom ask children 'Are you happy with your painting? what would you change to make this painting better?'. One concern was that in the Sharples' article, they asked children about the intentions behind the photographs a week after they were taken, but would children really remember their initial intentions for that long? Perhaps if they had asked them after each picture, then the results would be more accurate.

It is interesting to note the age groups and what they focus their thoughts and pictures on, it seems to portray how children develop quite accurately; first they're egocentric so everything is about themselves or their immediate environment/family, then when they are older they want to find their own identity, and finally once they've found their identity they look for others that share the same interests.

Again, I wish there were cheap digital cameras for when i was growing up, i loved taking pictures but my parents would say "Such a waste of film...Why on earth would you take a pic of that?!?". When parents say such things to children it puts them down and tells them that there are only certain purposes for the camera, in my case that would be to use them when everyone knows you're going to take the picture. I personally believe the best pictures are not neccesarily the prepared and posed ones.

All i can say is that the future generations will be lucky to have so many more devices/technologies to play with and use at such cheap prices. I'm pretty sure that i will allow my future children to have a DigiCam like the ones we bought for this course!
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[User Picture]From: m3lly_b3lly
2005-11-19 12:41 am (UTC)

Technology - getting better...and eventually getting cheaper

I have to agree with you about not having cheap cameras when we were younger. When I was growing up, taking pictures was something that the "adults" did and the children had nothing to do with besides being in the pictures. If cameras were $15-$20, I'm pretty sure that we would have gotten some opportunities to experiment with cameras. I would have loved to see the types of pictures I took as a child to reflect upon and compare to the types of pictures I take now. Knowing more about children as photographers, I would make sure that I give my children cameras to use, maybe even children in my classroom.
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[User Picture]From: a_me_lum
2005-11-19 04:35 am (UTC)

Re: Technology - getting better...and eventually getting cheaper

Yeah i sometimes look at my old artwork and try to apply some of what we've learned now in ECE .. to the pictures i once drew. It's funny how their shoulders were drawn so broad.. i shoudl bring it in to a special art therapist to decode, that would be fun. I think everyone would love to get themselves analyzed by a psychologist if it costs a lot less, it's like those horoscopes where people feel good when the readings seem to match them 'perfectly'.
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[User Picture]From: m3lly_b3lly
2005-11-20 12:39 am (UTC)

Re: Technology - getting better...and eventually getting cheaper

It would be interesting to get ourselves analyzed by a psychologist or something but I think I would only want to get childhood things analyzed. It can be quite depressing if you get yourself analyzed now and find out something that you really did not want to know.
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[User Picture]From: a_me_lum
2005-11-20 07:25 pm (UTC)
Hrm, i'm not sure about that because if i were to be diagnosed with like depression or something at least i can get help and feel better from now on. You can look at the problem negatively or positively.
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[User Picture]From: maaagggiiieee_u
2005-11-29 06:43 am (UTC)
Cameras were expensive way back then, and we never had the experience in taking pictures until when we were older. For me, even though i wasn't allowed to play or use a camera, I would use my thumb and index fingers on both hands to pretend to take pictures of what i would really take. It was fun dramatic play, and making the flash sound made it even more real. LOL
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