There is something acutely fascinating about photographing children. The kids of today are spontaneous, camera-aware, if not always friendly, and sharp.
The last week was spent in the company on such children. The age group varied from 6-12 year olds, with the latter just a handful or less.
Many of us came into the world of photography later. We used film cameras and they were preciously hoarded. But the kids of today came into the world of cellphones, cellphones with cameras, digital cameras and iPads and webcams and all such visual things. They can operate a digicam better than their parents ever could.
Most of the kids asked me what the difference between an SLR and a digicam was and they could understand the difference much easier than an adult ever would. That doesn't mean they have no questions... with the world being their playground, they are so curious about everything.
Different lenses, angles, lighting techniques... one six-year old could even direct me to shoot her with moody lighting. She set the stage, experimented and I was merely her hands.
I tend to forget these days that I am actually shooting or talking to children. They make so much more sense than adults. Often, when I hear some slightly biased statement, I know I'm hearing the voice of the parent and not the child. That can be easily corrected.
In the tired zone that I was, many of the children started to look like adults to me. Their statements were.
In conversation about creativity and imagination, we were arguing about the existence of something. An 8-year old flatly said it didn't exist. She said in such a matter-of-fact manner that I was wondering how she knew.
"You search it on the internet and if you can't find it, it doesn't exist," she said flatly and shrugged.
Such is the wisdom on the netizen junior.