Over the last couple of weeks I have been giving one to one photography mentoring to a young lady, who is 10 years old, we'll call her C. She loves to shoot on her iPhone, anything and everything. Her pets, her friends and family, the things she sees around her.
We went along to the local park, where we practised "seeing" and composing shots. This is a park C comes to often with her family to play on the slides and swings. We shot and discussed her pictures, and then shot some more. I gave her an assignment to complete between sessions. When her photographs came through, I nearly fell over. Two in particular were excellent, and one was a shot which was taken in the local hardware store which is the best abstract shot I have seen for a very long time. I doubt many photographer's I know would have spotted it as a potential winning composition.
As we worked together, she improved and developed, but she also explained to me why she liked a particular view and how she thought about her photographs. This in turn taught me new ways to think. Paul Sanders told me a couple of weeks ago when we were chatting about children and photography, that they have no creative brake. He was right, and that is something we can all try and replicate.
At the end of the last session she gave me a card and some flowers to say thank you, which was a lovely gesture, and made my day.
Shooting photographs with C was an absolute pleasure, not just because she was a nice person, who who worked hard, but because she allowed me to see the world as she does. Isn't that what photography is all about? So, thank you C, you are a star photographer in the making.