Distractions are ever present in life, but almost a year ago an amazing distraction came into my life… my son. Below you can see him chewing on my lens cap to dull the pain of his upper teeth coming in. Cliche to say, but ever true, having a child is a truly life changing event. My old schedule, routine, and all that stuff went out the window months ago. I’m still sorting through it all to be honest and am behind on numerous projects.
Through it all though distraction and disruption have been a good thing. Clearly spending time and enjoying my son’s development has been one major aspect of this, but it’s been a great wake up call to embrace change and distraction. As I’ve quickly learned distraction can also bring new opportunities. If you’re in a mode of seeing (see Photography An Art of Observation) then no matter what you’re doing you’ll be prepared to see and photograph something.
You’d be surprised what you can learn from an 11 month old, now that he is crawling he is hyper focused and motivated to explore things he sees. His world to date has been all about seeing and now his world is transitioning to that of exploring. Everything is exciting, new and to be put in his mouth. With the exception to the last item noted there is something critically basic to be reminded of… never stop seeing and never stop exploring.
All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
– Pablo Picasso
[tags]photography, child, family[/tags]