Today, I am posting a wonderful small body of work that my student Lili submitted as her latest homework. I cannot express how proud I am of her thoughtful, aesthetically-driven photographs. They are the result of a very simple task: take one subject (person/pet) or object, and photograph it at least ten times, from different perspectives.
Lili loves photography and is taken by the discoveries she is making through it. I enjoy seeing her working. She is polite to her subjects, and works quietly, almost like she is not there. She pays attention to the class, and comes back with delightful images.
Our first class was at the Ballard Locks. She used one of my DSLR cameras, and by the end of the class–two hours later–she was still moving around with it, with a confidence that is admirable in a 11-year old.
Our second class was at one of our local spots, the Queen Anne Farmers Market. Under a timid rain, we strolled around, asking vendors’ permission to photograph them and their produce and products. Some would talk to us for a bit, and Lili even got some great photo advice from the man that sells the good bacon, and great fresh eggs. We took advantage of the great light overcast weather can offer, and also of the light diffussion provided by the white tents.
I am working with Lili to produce a body of work of this Market, and with it, begin to build her photo portfolio. I cannot wait to see all that she’ll have done by the end of the Farmers Market season.
I sent her home for the holidays with the assignment I mentioned above. And what a lovely surprise to receive the photos you are about to see! Lili did a great job. But what struck me was that she came back with a concept, and a series. She took a bunny, and put it to travel. She even named her body of work. The tryad of what makes photography, composition, observation and purpose, was there, waving back at me. Phenomenal.
Tutoring, and teaching children is something I utterly enjoy. When I am not in Mexico with my kids from Aver School, I set aside some time to be able to tutor a few here in Seattle. Their vision is broad, fearless and very creative. Their ability to look at the world with a dose of surprise, and another of curiosity is an advantage for them, and splash of happiness to me.
Please, enjoy Lili’s series, “The Travelling Bunny.”
(All photos are copyright protected. Some slight editing work was done on these photographs, such a exposure and contrast adjustments).