“HUMP DAY” – PHOTOGRAPH OF THE WEEK – 26 SEP 2012
This weeks “HUMP DAY” photograph took a while to capture because my chosen subject was difficult coaxing into cooperating with me. Those who have taken photographs of children probably more than know and understand fully how difficult this photographic subject can be; just getting them to sit or stand still just for a brief moment.
I was the same way with my father when he was trying to take pictures of us during the holidays, but that of course was during the era of 35mm film and that cost money. I remember one Easter and for some reason he chose a local cemetery to take mine and my two brothers pictures. Despite the holiday, his choice of words to get me to settle down, in addition to “keep your eyes open and smile”, were contra Easter and quite colorful. “Stop making that face!” Well, it was hard NOT to make a face because the sun was right in line with us, behind him, and it was blinding us with this brilliant light on such a gorgeous Easter day. Just TRY and keep your eyes open, smile, and pose for a picture under those circumstances! Especially if you’re a kid! And now your Dad is pissed at you. Great holiday memories. LOL
Anyway, I don’t know which is harder; children you don’t know and you may be trying to capture that perfect expression or smile at just the right moment in a studio (I have no experience with that) for their parents keepsake or if the child knows you and just wants to keep running around laughing while you plead with them and promise them ‘it will take just a second’. Language barriers don’t help either as in this case. Oi !
This is a photograph of my Thai niece “Bee”. She was a definitely a difficult subject at first because here was this big, ole foreign guy (“farang”) she just met who she is told is now her Uncle. “HUH?!” It took a while for the shyness to go away and then she figured it out that this big old “farang” wasn’t going to hurt her and he is actually a pretty funny guy and knows some magic tricks. “How does he pull his finger apart???” My time and patience with her was worthwhile because we had a lot of fun, a lot of laughs, and I finally got a really cute photograph of her that is my favorite. She is such a great kid and I can’t wait to see her again. I hope you enjoy this weeks “HUMP DAY” PHOTOGRAPH OF THE WEEK as much as I do.