Zen and the Art of the Pumpkin

I always enjoyed going to schools and photographing kids. One never knew what would happen. Working for the local paper had me in the schools on a regular basis so I was familiar with the teachers thus able to move around easily. Young kids are suspicious of you initially which is why I wore a ball cap, put the camera on the table and pulled the bill of the hat down over my eyes and the camera body. Then don’t move. Kids have a short span of attention. They’ll look over at you, but after a couple of minutes they go back to what they’re doing and then the pictures can be made.If you don’t have patience and are not willing to get down to their level, photos will not occur, for you loom over the kids and that disturbs their sense of space.Bridport pumpkin painting 364

Other kids approach the pumpkin with a more ‘Eastern’ philosophy. It took a while before he became one with the orange orb.Bridport pumpkin painting 368Bridport Elementary School Bridport Vermont 10/15/2005

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About Vermont Woodchuck

Professional Photojournalist since 1969 with a BFA from SUNY Purchase 1979-Visual Arts. I despise advocacy news journalism. Every photojournalist should be prepared to show their camera RAW images of news events. Reason: RAW images cannot be altered no matter what is done to the finished product.
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