25 March 2009


"If you give a kid a camera" is a game devised by "DysFUNctional Mom," a wonderful blogger who claims to have been putting the FUN in DysFUNctional since 1993. She seems pretty functional to me, though! I like her blog!

Well, it seems that if you give MY kid a camera... or, no, I'll rephrase that.

If MY kid uses pester power to wheedle, whine and cajole the camera off you with the reason that he knows which buttons to press, it seems he can come up with some pretty useless shots like these:

But he can also come up with the occasional gem. This one was taken at the shopping centre, with the hurried explanation he was going to chase his sister down and take a photo of her. I find this bewitching - the movement in the background, compared with the relative calm of her beautiful hair:

And after that, it can degenerate again, with shots like this:

And this self-portrait:

FLASH! Ooh, bet he couldn't see out of THAT eye for a while.

Until finally, engrossed in the camera, he ran straight into a man's legs. He looked up, startled, and promptly dropped the three-day-old camera on the floor, yielding this shot:

I thought it was dead. But yet, it lives another day.

Perhaps though, it doesn't live another day just so I can yet again see what happens IYGAKAC.


Swift Jan said...

YOu are gamer than I!!

Though I may consider giving my kids the old camera when I get a new one... maybe!!

Sassy Britches said...

Ah, but was the risk worth it for the gorgeous hair shot? I might see that decision as heavily weighted in favor of yes!

But, with the old camera, of course. :)

Hippomanic Jen said...

I can't believe you nearly lost your camera so soon after getting a new one. Too young to die!

Long dark hair, blue eyes said...

very cute!

Tracy P. said...

AAAAACH, the new camera!!!! How is your heart?

Cute pics--it IS fun to see the world through their eyes!

Joy said...

Love it.
I remember the first picture my mom let me take with the old Kodak probably 35+ years ago. When we got the picture developed everyone's heads were of course cut off.
So glad your camerea survived the spill.
Loved the Smoochy picture too. Very Sweet.


Anne said...

Stopping by from SITS - he did get one great picture of his sister!

Anonymous said...

LOL! You are a brave soul, setting him loose with your camera. =) That picture of his sister is beautiful!
Have a great day.

Alex the Girl said...

my three year old took some amazing nostril shots. Good Job, lol

WildfireBelle said...

Clearly, a bright future in photography!

Anonymous said...

I've gotten some great shots out of my 5 yr old grabbing the camera, but they're rare.
I also have 4 cameras in a bag waiting for the fix-it shop because I let some kid or other touch them...
Expensive game to play, but still worth it!

Jen said...

you are right, some good, some not so good. but I am so glad to know that there were no camera's damaged in this post.

ElizabethMT said...

My kid would bang it against the baby gate and then push all the buttons. I'm impressed that yours actually took pictures! :)

John Ross said...

Yup, kids can make some great pictures - and some really crappy ones ;-) ....and late happy birthday to SMJ.

♥ bfs~"Mimi" ♥ said...

These pix are delicious! Super delicious!

You are raising an artist, ya know. Together, you two will write a best-selling book of photography and stories. I ♥ it!