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Did I manage to get out and shoot some new material today?


Do I need to work on my time management?


Anyway, back to this shot ...

One of the things that fascinates me about young children, especially before they can talk, is that it's very difficult, if not impossible, to work out what their world might be like. Take this shot for example. One minute this little lad was happily playing on the swing, smiling at both me and his mother, and the next minute he was entirely distracted by something behind him ... and the fascinating thing is that I had absolutely no way of finding out what that might be as he isn't old enough to tell me. In this case, it was almost certainly something quite mundane, but it does illustrate that there's quite a wide gulf between our world and its younger inhabitants.

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comment by Doug at 09:55 PM (GMT) on 19 February, 2007

oh it doesn't take a lot to distract a child (much like cats....)

It almost looks as though he is turning so as not to be photographed

"NO i don't want to be photographed!"

nice shot dave, as usual

comment by Jennifer at 10:38 PM (GMT) on 19 February, 2007

Cute and the black tones are fab.

comment by Samir at 10:46 PM (GMT) on 19 February, 2007

I really like the black and white series so far. I miss some color though.

comment by Ryano at 11:20 PM (GMT) on 19 February, 2007

interesting philosophy Dave. as for the photo love the blurred background and the detail of the childs cheek very nice work

comment by Martin at 11:42 PM (GMT) on 19 February, 2007

Haha, this is good ;)

comment by Deb at 11:44 PM (GMT) on 19 February, 2007

Do you remember the feeling of tightly grasping that cold chain ? That's a very salient part of the 'swing thing' for small children, I think (yes, I *can* remember that).
....And the world flashes by in 'fast editing' mode. Got to affect / disable / subvert the very possibility of attentional spotlights? The kid is just going with the experiential flow in an awe-inspiring way. Thankfully, remnants of that persist in me :)

(And where were you last week you lazy geet?)

comment by navin at 11:34 AM (GMT) on 20 February, 2007

Sometimes I also wish that I could be a two year old and play with my son.

comment by Gonzo Gallery at 12:55 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2007

Apologies Djn, I know this isn't a forum, but I thought it a good place to bring people's attention to this:

The UK Government are about to propose restrictions on photography in public places which could make street photography and documentary photography against the law. There's a petition on the Downing St website against the Government's proposals to restrict the use of photography in public areas. Sign up to the petition now: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Photography/

comment by Alice at 06:35 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2007

Fantastic shot. I love how you caught him looking away. Really makes me wonder what's got his attention.

comment by Richard Trim at 08:48 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2007

Anything which is new or different from normal will attract the attention of a young child. It's their sense of enquiry. Actually we, as adults haven't changed much either. Just take the example of passing a road accident... almost every one will turn to look.
Lovely photograph David.

comment by djn1 at 09:54 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2007

Thanks everyone :-)

comment by m at 10:41 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2007


comment by lautow at 04:41 PM (GMT) on 22 February, 2007

It's a great (sweet) shot. I only have one question. The description says no cropping. I wonder how you can get a squared image using a 5D?

comment by djn1 at 04:59 PM (GMT) on 22 February, 2007

lautow: good point. I've corrected it.

comment by Pete Carr at 11:44 PM (GMT) on 22 February, 2007

Thats a lovely shot, really smooth and nice tones. I know what you mean about kids. My sister's looks at everything and I would love to know whats going on inside his head since he can't think like we do.