Weekly Photography Challenge: Partners

Luckily the “partners” Weekly Photography Challenge came up while I was visiting Canberra with Alex – staying at his sister’s and playing with his niece. They formed a productive partnership with Legos and trains.

Alex was born when Zoe was four (and a quarter), and as far as she was concerned, he was her baby, and I was just the surrogate and nanny. Now they are both adults, and Zoe has a child of her own, making Alex a proud Uncle. Juniper is not yet three, so I was very impressed with her imagination and dexterity using the Lego blocks. Unfortunately she was equally good at demolishing her partners creations! The house with eyes is a collaboration, though – Alex made the house, she added all the eyes.

 

We live a whole days travel away from them, so visits are infrequent, but as lengthy as we can wangle. On the last of our six days, a heavy-eyed Juniper snuggled on the couch with Uncle Alex watching Thomas videos, and was soon sound asleep…13555601_10153566533747466_24239339_o

 

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I snapped Zoe taking photos of the pair on the couch, just before she scooped her up, and took her to bed. She was still sound asleep when we left next morning at sunrise…

 

Weekly Photography Challenge: Adventure

 

My grand daughter Juniper is one year old today, and for her, every day is another adventure. For father’s Day on Sunday we all went to a park for a picnic lunch, where Juniper had the chance to explore an adventure playground. It was built for much bigger children, but she liked it anyway.

There was another section much more suitable for such a small person, but Juniper is much too adventurous to be interested in that…

Creativity: You Have To Work On It

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia  in Melbourne has hosted a series of music and conversations with Australian performers within the spaces of the gallery. It’s a lovely complement to some of Australia’s best-known art works, and incentive for music-loving Melbournians to leave the house on a winter Sunday.

I wish I’d had my note-book out on Sunday when Paul Dempsey was being interviewed on creativity and what inspires him. He said that creative people have a compulsion to do whatever it is – songwriting, painting, playing guitar – whatever it is, the creative person is driven to do it… One reason for continuing, is that they don’t believe they actually know how to do whatever it is, so they need to keep trying. One can get closer and closer to nailing it, but never actually get there. Which reminded me of this quote from Henry Moore –a quote

Paul has been writing songs for twenty years or more, and the people who came to listen think he is an excellent songwriter, yet he says he still doesn’t know how to do it. He’s just compelled to keep trying to figure it out. And he says it’s work, you have to show up and do it, even if 90% of what you produce is “shit”. Just do the work. Writer’s block, he asserts, is a lame excuse for not working…DSCF4509

For the creative person, it’s the doing that counts, not the perceived quality of the work. Not everyone is a songwriter (just as well), but I believe everyone has a passion for something – something that they can never quite do. Doing it anyway is one thing that gives life meaning. And that means playing as much as working!a Jung quote

Daily Prompt: Playtime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The daily prompt for today is “play” – what does play mean to you, what do you do? My play this week has been making pairs of  little over-alls (which are sometimes called ‘playsuits ‘) for Juniper. It’s been hot here in Perth, so any more than a nappy/diaper and a whisp of cotton is too much for a small baby. They should fit her for another month or so…

Last year, I had a lot of fun playtime making this beaded goddess – something that had a long, long lead up time while I collected the necessary pieces. Making it was a lot of fun, and photographing it was more playtime again. I wanted an image to put on a Christmas card, and figuring out how and where to get what I wanted occupied the best part of a day (off and on).

Children’s play is all about figuring out how things work – physically and socially – and no matter how trivial it seems to us, it is vital for their development and their understanding of the world. That’s why I’m passionate about not fencing growing minds in with baseless gender stereotypes. I don’t want my granddaughter (or yours, for that matter) to believe at age four that girls are limited to pink shoes and cupcakes (and the boys can’t share them), any more than I want little boys to get the idea that only mummies have what it takes to care for children. And I want grown-ups to feel free to play as pointlessly and  significantly as children.Juniper

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