April 24, 2007

i believe that children are our future, teach them well...

Some of you may be wondering what the title has to do with today's picture. Ok, allow me to explain. This was not taken by me. I was out for dinner with a couple of friends and one of them, Candice, brought her adorable and excitable son Zhiwei along. He was once a child you wanted to slap but in the past year has learnt to control his temper. I have since treated him like a son I'll never have and talked him through many things. Despite Candice's concerns, I let him fiddle about with my camera while we waited for dinner to arrive. Seeing my chunky DSLR in his small hands was a joy. He took close to 100 shots. Some of them are really good. Take this shot for example. His composition skills obviously rival mine. Did I forget to mention he's only 5 years-old?


Blogger Olivier said...

cela me rappelle ma petite niece, quand je vais chez mon frere, elle me prend chaque fois mon APN et veux que je lui explique, et prend plein de photo. et souvent surprenant, l'oeil de l'enfant est magique

that points out my small niece to me, when I go in my brother, it takes each time to me my APN and want that I explain to him, and takes full with photograph. and often surprising, the eye of the child is magic

2:32 PM  
Blogger Fabrizio ikol22 said...

Olivier is in right and Zhiwei prove this. Thank you Edwin to share this experience with us :-)

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very touching post, Edwin, thank you for it!

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4:26 PM  
Blogger alice said...


5:56 PM  
Blogger Glenn Standish said...

Well congratulations! The kid sure does have talent! A great pic...is that a banana milkshake or a cool, refreshing glass of pina colada? Seeing that he is only 5...I'm going with the earlier option!!! Also what is that on the left of the image? Is it his hand?

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting commentary and very nice photograph. I think children learn many things by doing them alone and sometimes with guidance.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

6:37 PM  
Blogger dijah said...

He could grow up to be like you Edwin!Better start teaching him now so that he gets better at it.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Keropok Man said...

Yes, children learn very fast! I let them meddle with my other bigger camera and phones too.

Last month, we went to a short trip to Senai Airport sending someone off, little cousin took nearly 300 shots. looking thru the pictures, not bad!

Ey, when you coming to buy your next bag? LOL...

11:47 PM  
Blogger riniroo said...

I do love the composition. I give my cyber-shot to my kids all the time. That's what I love the best about digital. They can click away and come up with 1 or 2 really good shots. And most of the time, it's the only way my face gets added to the photo album. I always find myself behind the camera, not in front.
(The drink looks yummy.)

12:38 AM  
Blogger ~tanty~ said...

Very interesting post Edwin. I enjoy reading it. Great shot considering it was taken by 5 years old boy.

1:15 AM  
Blogger zannnie said...


1:43 AM  
Blogger Chris & Deb said...

what a nice shot! Does he now have his own blog?
Cheers to you for giving him the chance to play with your camera-I'll bet he was very proud!

2:04 AM  
Anonymous April said...

Yes, he seems to have 'the eye'.

2:10 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Children learn best when there are adults like you around. Good job, Edwin!

5:33 AM  
Blogger Meg in Nelson said...

Great shot, indeed, and good on you for letting him touch your camera. Yikes... I couldn't...

9:09 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Kids really are a handful, aren't they? You never know what they'll come up with next. I love them.

For those asking, the drink is a Mango Lassi. We were at an Northern Indian restaurant.

Glenn, it's his mum's arm! Both his hands were steadily holding the camera. He knew enough not to stick his fingers anywhere near the lens. Clever boy!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Ming_the_Merciless said...

Fabulous story!!

I'm impartial to kids myself mainly because I'm not around them too often or at all. There are not too many kids in NYC. Parents with kids have either moved to the suburbs or are wealthy enough to live in areas I don't frequent.

I think parents are so desensitized to the chaos and noises around them that they don't always understand why it bothers other people when their kids run wild or act up in public.

3:18 AM  
Blogger Thiên said...

Yes, kids can be a handful but I think it's great that you are taking time to help Zhiwei develop. I think that is what most adults (and sadly parents) do not make time for now. Maybe you have helped him to channel some of that energy and he will find a love for photography! Esp. at 5, you never know where this will lead. I like his photo a lot, please tell him how much we all dig it. I love teaching my young nieces things also that help them to be creative and to engage them so we can keep in touch despite the distance of ~1300 miles. Have a great weekend!

9:53 PM  
Blogger Belinda said...

5 years old? That's amazing!

Will we be seeing a Kuala Lumpur Daily Photo version 2 any time soon??? ;o)

1:01 PM  

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