“Strong-willed children often grow into strong-willed adults who become world leaders, world shapers and world changers.
Parenting them peacefully is not only possible, it’s imperative because sowing peace in their hearts now while they are in our care will grow a future of peace later when the world is in their care.” – L. R. Knost
Photography is the one form of art I feel slightly confident about. I would think twice before I dwelled into any other form. I doubt if any other form would give me this much joy. Be it the ten year old girl who was appreciated for the good photograph she took or the crazy mother who is trying to capture every humanly possible emotion of her children with the lens, photography has given me a unique joy.
In today’s world every parent is a photographer with a high pixel camera phone. One thing I can assure you, the most beautiful pictures are the ones that haven’t been captured. I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with the movie The secret life of Walter Mitty. The movie is about a guy,Walter Mitty, traveling all the way to Greenland trying to locate a photographer. The moment he finds him is the exact moment where the photographer manages to spot the rare snow leopard that he has been tracking to photograph. But to Mitty’s surprise he doesn’t photograph it. When he asks why, the photographer tells him to be quiet and just look. “Sometimes I don’t(take a photograph). If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.”
Capturing photos is wonderful, the memories are saved in solid form but if you actually think the memories that we truly treasure always stay with us, in our hearts. Whether we have captured it on film or not, it’s clearly etched in memory. So don’t forget to live in the moment sometimes, without the camera.
Photography has changed so much from printing negatives to photos coming out post- editing. There is immense beauty and hard work behind these photographs. Let us learn to appreciate and above all, show some kindness. Every person with a camera is a person with a vision that is beautiful in their eye. Let us learn to appreciate and respect that.
My parents have taken umpteen photographs of me and my brother. So many posed and candid ones(back in the days it didn’t have the current hype). They are so precious. I must have seen them a hundred times but I could still sit and glimpse through them. Sometimes imagining the situation of the photograph and other times recalling and smiling at old memories.
Never misread a child’s dependence on you. It is a thing of beauty not an act that proves your dominance. We have been taught that a child is dependent on us and that makes us superior and experienced beings, thus expecting only obedience and submission from the child. The truth is neither parent nor child can flourish to their fullness in such a power game. It’s a game of interdependence, of learning and relearning. Make it a beautiful journey for both.