Yesterday was my first day at a local school (Ingrid Jespersons Skole on Nordre Frihavnsgade). Nina was with me so she could translate Danish for me – but to my surprise all of them understood English if not even spoke back to me ( I was warned by the principal I would need a Danish speaker with me)
The session started with me starting a discussion about drawing and sketching and what it means to them. There were several examples on the walls and tables and bags. And tried to lead them into the world of cameras and photography.
Children enjoy the sensory experiences, visual, audio, smell, touch, and it’s something that I took for granted – I have a blog to express myself, record myself, keep track of projects for reviews, most of us prefer to just write things down! That’s the last thing a kid wants to do! Write things down?!?
Also what I had sort of not thought about was the context – as we discussed various hobbies and interests it struck me as to how privileged these kids were, and if instead of Denmark I turned my focus to the developing world with the same project and same exercises what would I find? Cameras for children in South America? Africa? India?
“So in my school for a class my teacher has asked me to design cameras for you! But I don’t know what to do and I need your help! who wants to help me build cameras?”
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First round of ‘interviews’ tomorrow. I say that cause one really can’t interview a child, am meeting 20 eight yr old children at a local school to spend some time with them and learn from them.
Am taking with me a small worksheet and a play activity- I just made my first batch of play dough (diff colours even!) and the exercise is to have them make an imaginary camera with me, and then as part of their take home worksheet make drawings, collages about an adventure they plan to have with it.
There is a little bit more to the worksheet, but will share later when I get it clear.
my first attempt!
expensive options at the store
more pictures here
great play dough recipe here
Poladroid!!! It’s a really neat piece of software that makes ‘Polaroids’ out of your digital images, and does it in a fun way.
Just drag and drop images into the software, and it spits out a Polaroid still – which develops over time (2 min i think). The prints are also good enough for prints – I haven’t tried it out yet though. Download it here.
Visit Poladroid group on Flickr.
Original from my Ovi
SpyRod is a camera, which has a long stick and fishing line. Children can see and record the view through the camera with a viewing box.
By Yumiko Tanaka
What happens after? the viewing experience can be as much fun as well..
A flickr group I stumbled upon – camera toss
via flickr, courtesy Right Brain, QuakkauQ and mtnrockdhh
“The concept is extremely simple, and the following summary is probably even more detailed than it should be. Basically just take pictures while throwing your camera and use trial and error to hone your results.”
– Ryan Gallagher
Camera toss blog and mini how-to
Interesting game concept below.
For my thesis with the impcam I might look into creating games with the toy.
Nothing (I dunno) like this, nevertheless