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See With a Child’s Eyes

Lesson 10 from: Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Chris Weston

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10. See With a Child’s Eyes

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Lesson Info

See With a Child’s Eyes

This is my first ever camera. I remember the day I was given it Christmas Day, 1977. I grew up in Boston, not Boston, Massachusetts, but Boston, England, a tough place for a kid with imagination. And that's where this saved me. With this in my hand, I became a great explorer. I was no longer Chris Western, the 10 year old Lincoln sheer schoolboy. I was my hero, Shackleton and Scott Columbus and Marco Polo. I was amazed at the hidden objects. I found old railway lines, gantries, dilapidated boats, things that until that first camera have been invisible to me, even though I walk past them almost every day. With this in my hand, I saw a new world, a world full of details, lines, shapes, colors, patterns and textures, a world seen through the eyes of a child. Picasso once said it took him four years to learn to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to learn to paint like a child. But I think he meant by this was it took him a short time to learn the skills of painting, just as it shouldn't ta...

ke long to master camera technique. They took very many years for him to discard his familiar perception of reality and rediscover the primal, childlike vision that enabled him to see the world in a unique way and paint such iconic pieces as Demoiselles d. Avignon as adults. The knowledge and experience we build up over time. Our culture believes prejudices and fears combined to tell us what is safe. But Children see a different world unencumbered by knowledge and not held back by experience. Children a curious and creative. To a child, a puddle is a playground for her. Last birthday, I gave my daughter, Holly an instant camera, and I brought it down here for the coast. I was amazed at the pictures. He talk not for their technical excellence but the powers of observation and delight and self expression that they revealed. Now, today, when I get a new camera, I no longer think of myself as a great explorers. I did when I was 10. But why shouldn't I? And why shouldn't you? Exploration isn't just about seeking out. What's undiscovered is about discovering new ways of seeing all things. Don't let what you know, dictate what you photograph, disengaged from judgment and see the world, not for what you think it is, but for what it might be if you could see through the eyes and mind of a child.

Ratings and Reviews

Edmund Cheung

Perhaps the style of presentation and simple, short, and direct messaging does not "jive" with some; but others may really love this. Yes the production of each episode is stylized and perhaps a bit formal (like a TV Show?), but there is something to be said about it. Perhaps this is not meant for professional photographers? I think of myself as decent amateur / high level photographer. I found lots of great nuggets of wisdom and inspiration from this. Especially when I an in a rut for creativity. Yes I have heard all these concepts and ideas before. BUT it is always great to hear and see a different way of presentation and voice. Please do NOT take the naysayer reviews as the end all. You should judge for yourself and watch a few episodes. If the style and content click for you, I would highly recommend this course.

Kai Atherton

While I am perhaps more advanced in my photography then this course. It is always great to be able to go back to fundamentals and remind ourselves of the basic principles, and even camera function. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and Chris's other. It is a great motivational jumpstart when lacking fresh creative idea's.

Abdullah Alahmari

Thanks a lot to mr. Chris Weston This course is great and It is a 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 course for me. Beside the other course ( mastering the art of photography ) both courses are Complementing to each other and highly recommended.

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