Catherine Rive The Language of Photography and Film
As an artist working in Early Years Education I have discovered through the use of many materials, skills and techniques that digital photography has become increasingly relevant, significant and valued as a tool for working creatively with young children. Young children have a unique view of the world. Photography enables young children to explore how they perceive the world and to communicate their ideas in a meaningful way. Their photography is fascinating and full of surprises.
Children participating in the photography project are able to share how they see the world it makes their ideas visible. Their photography gives them a desire to communicate. It promotes speaking and listening through talking, understanding and creating. They become skilled in the use of the camera and technology. Photography gives children who find communication difficult a different way in.
We have discovered children use cameras in an exciting way, they are naturally curious. They instinctively use the camera to look from different view points. They use the camera to: look up, look down, to look in, look through, the children use the camera to focus in on details and to capture movement. They photograph those who are important to them. They often photograph their feet.
They experiment with the camera to see how it works and what they can do with it. They often turn the camera around and photograph themselves.
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