Young Photographers…. November 21, 2017 – Posted in: Photography

We love what we do and relish any opportunity to share our passion for salvaged images from 35mm slides.  A few months ago we were approached by a local Primary School and asked if we would come and talk to a group of 9 and 10 year olds about photography as an art form.  A little reluctantly we agreed, but are so pleased we did. The children were fascinated by the slides and out of 32 children, only 3 said they had ever seen a slide before, one depressingly informing me his Grandad had them in the olden days…….in 1992! 
Discussing photography with them was such an eye-opener, clearly we know the massive advancements in the area even in their lifetime, but all their references of taking pictures related to camera phones, iPads, watches and even drones – not one owned a camera.  For me one child hit the nail on the head in saying that the slide in his hand was a moment in history. With so many of today’s images rarely making a frame, never mind an album, it does say a lot about how we view photos nowadays.  Photos were once considered precious and recorded for history as opposed to today when we take picture after picture and delete anything that we don’t believe to be perfect. 
Looking at our vast collection, the majority would probably never have made the light of day if taken today.  Poor lighting or a strange, less than flattering expression, and yet these are some of our favourites that make it in to our collection and that our customers tell us they love.
The children spent time looking at prints and guessing when, where and why the images might have been taken.  We introduced literary and numeracy in to the exercise and the two hour session encouraged group work and discussion. It was a pleasure to do and amazing to see our familiar prints through fresh eyes.  As a follow on exercise the children visited a local Stately Home and took photographs considering things we discussed – portraits, landscapes, abstract images etc. 
We were then sent the images, had the task of choosing a winner and then had the absolute pleasure of turning the winning image in to a print for the school, and also printed some cards to help fundraising for an art installation.