a magpie with a photographer’s eye ~

January 10, 2014

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She received a Fuji instax mini for Christmas, and she hasn’t put it down. It might be one of my favorite gifts to-date because she is taking her photography so serious. Perhaps my constant reminders of “you need to really think about what you are snapping before you press the button” have helped since we aren’t dealing with finger snap happy digital anymore. I have to admit, I love playing with it too. I’ve added the more adult version to my birthday wish list.

Our girl has always been a magpie. She will spot a shining crystal on a sidewalk from a mile away, feathers are stacked on the table, pinecones fill a bowl, seashells are scattered all over, heart-shaped rocks are always prized finds, and anything else which catches her curious eyes. Yesterday, she decided to arrange her favorites so she could photograph them. It was a joy to watch her so focused on every stage of the process. She definitely doesn’t fall far from the tree!

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The bird’s nest is her all-time favorite treasure. She found it barely hanging from a fence in Truro. No doubt it had been blown from the large oak tree and rested patiently for my magpie crumb to discover it. She made sure it arrived home safe and sound through a ferry ride, subways, buses, cars and airplanes, and now she is the only one allowed to touch it. This fragile creation is one of those finds that leaves you marveling at the beauty and simple wonders of nature. 

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Let’s face it, bringing back the gratification of photography on instant film is magical! The shading, coloring and dreamy effect of the polaroid-like photos makes my heart swoon, and always brings huge joy to my girl’s face! I can’t wait to see what she captures through her very own lens. 

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