Sunflower

Run, run, running around

 

Fun in a Bucket

 

Adventures in Black

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Young Scientists and Artists

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Seedlings: Swing, swing, swing! 

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One of the things I do with my day… is spy on tiny humans and try to learn their ways… or more accurately try to figure out what the hell they are talking about so I can try and caption the photos I take. (hint most of the time I can’t actually figure it out).

These days the majority of the photos I take are of these tiny humans we call children who are in Sunflower’s Seedlings and Little Seedlings programs. They range in age between 2 and 6 years old and they seem to never stop, never stop moving, never stop doing, never stop talking, never stop finding their joy. Which can make my style of photography a little challenging, my goal is to be able to take pictures that are authentic – glimpses into the world of the subjects.

My favorite pictures are when the children are so immersed in their play that they don’t notice me and my camera at all. When I get to capture some of the moments which make up their day, as they happen and without interrupting the experience, I can feel good about my place in their world. It feels a bit like I’m playing anthropologist or wild animal observer, trying to learn about this mysterious tribe or herd. Thankfully at this point most of our Seedlings have gotten so used to me and my camera and they no longer stop and look at me. Getting to this point has taken some time and a random discovery, one day I read picture books to some of the little Seedlings in the valley while I waited for pickup time to give out something to the parents. This was unusual because even though it may look like I spend my day with the little humans, I don’t. My job is a back office one, I support our teachers and the rest of the staff in whatever way I can, but I actually spend very little time around the children. After I read a few picture books I noticed the children who had listened stopped paying attention to me when I was in their environment, I had gone from being an unknown to being a known and understood element in their world. I was no longer very interesting. Perfect! I set out to read to all of the Seedlings, and while I still haven’t managed this goal, I do seem to have hit the tipping point, and now most if not all of the children don’t even blink when I come around with my camera.    

The pictures on this page are arranged into short galleries by theme, most of them are photo series taken at the same time. I am hoping to be able to add captions to better illustrate what was happening when the picture was taken sometime soon, but don’t hold your breath, my work schedule can be insane. 

Seedlings: Treating Susan’s Ouchie

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Seedlings: Garbage Truck Day

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Seedlings: Randoms

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Seedlings: Building Days

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Seedlings: Mud Pits and Valley Adventures

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Seedlings: In which trikes become trains

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Seedlings: Sliding Away

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Little Seedlings: Valley Adventures

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Seedlings: Bridging Day – The Box

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Seedlings: Bridging Day

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Seedlings: Mud Puddles and Bananas 

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Seedlings: Day of the Blue Curtain

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Seedlings: Spaghetti Day

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Seedlings: First Shots

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