We’re studying children as photographers in (c)cld419, and one of my students pointed me to this show that takes up many of the issues we’re interested in; seeing the world from the child’s perspective.
My Life As a Child Premieres February 26 at 7/6c
My Life As a Child documents the lives of 20 American children, between the ages of 7 and 11. Each episode inter-cuts the stories of three to four children from different backgrounds, providing a complete snapshot of American life through their eyes.
These incredibly talented children were given digital cameras and the opportunity to film their own lives over the course of several months. They filmed themselves at home, in school and on vacation so that viewers could see every aspect of their lives. Most importantly, the children commented and narrated on their experiences through weekly video diaries, in which they talked to the camera about their thoughts and feelings.
My Life As a Child tackles difficult issues such as absent parents, divorce, racism and religious beliefs. In the show, the children offer their thoughts on the complexities of life, pondering such questions as the meaning of success and the role of gender. They also remind viewers of what it means to be a child, by sharing their favorite games, displaying their imaginations and discussing their dreams for the future.
And this just in time for my Flickr, digital photography lab and after our discussion of the safety of children’s information. Ya gotta love how slashdot is willing to help with my course materials.
Slashdot | Your House Is About To Be Photographed
“Photographers from a Canadian company are going house to house, shooting pictures of every house in America, in hopes of building a giant database that can be sold to banks, insurance companies, and appraisal firms. While this activity is legal (as long as the photographers don’t trespass on private property to get their shots), there are obviously concerns about security and privacy. Considering that an individual can be detained and questioned by the FBI for photographing a bridge in this country, why should this Canadian company get a free pass? Tinfoil hat aside, something seems very, very fishy here.”
I was over at the AGO yesterday. A number of ECE faculty will be consulting with the AGO on some issues relating to learning. We saw a bit of this project which will be opening July 1, and it sounds really exciting. If you want to get your portrait in a gallery, here’s your chance… and since the project is ongoing, there’s no rush.
just a reminder that flickr is probably the best place in the world to find photographs for educational projects… why? Because the licence is usually very clear so you know how and when you have permission to use the images. On CNet, I noticed everystockphoto.com - your source for free photos which proports to have 270,000 free images indexed. Just the thing we all need.
Interesting article about Photography on the Open Source Blog that might be of interest for my course. I like how digital images are becoming a blogging language of their own, and how it comes down, in the end to what choices people make as to what is important to them to capture.
A group of teenagers sits in a loose cluster on the floor of an airport lounge photographing each other with cell phones and giggling over the results. A man takes a picture of everything he’s eaten that day and posts the results online.
In Bangalore and Portugal, in Boston and Maputo, Mozambique, “amateur” photographers are recording, documenting, and preserving the minutia of daily life like never before. Births and birthday parties, but also cloud patterns, garbage on a street corner, the blur of traffic or the neighbor’s dog. The result is an astounding collection of visual images, adding up to hundreds of thousands of pictures every day. Today alone, the 3,174,643 members of Fotolog posted over 201,000 images online.