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Going Analogue With The Kids At Elementary School

At our local elementary school they offer various study groups for the children . As I've been an amateur photographer for many years I thought to myself why not do some photography with the kids ...

The idea was to show the kids how much fun they can have with old and new analogue cameras .
For our first session I brought all my lomographic equipment and they could hardly believe my cameras do not have a display !! :-D Most of the kids had never seen a roll of film in their life.

I brought my Diana F+Edelweiss and we made a splitzer out of paper and tape for it . We did some really funny splitzer-photos!

I also brought a really old camera , the “Paxina”. My son had found this old treasure just a couple of weeks ago at his grandparents’ place. It still works well and the kids love this old camera. They know they’ve got to handle it really carefully.

What really fascinated the kids was the using of an old door viewer as a fisheye-lens. We placed this thing in front of the lens and fixed it with a piece of tape : it makes wonderfully blurred pictures. The kids love it !

Our next project will be the making of our own pinhole camera . As I’m a pinhole freak I really want the children understand how the simplest camera of all works . I’m sure this will be lots of fun for all of us .
It’s so nice to see the kids having fun with my analogue cameras . It doesn’t always have to be fast and digitaliced these days and that’s what I’m trying to teach the boys and girls and they really understand it . And that’s so good ! :-)

written by kleeblatt

2 comments

  1. vicuna

    vicuna

    Great idea to share the lomolove with kids! reminds me the experience I had with 16 years old students at school where I teach... :) http://www.lomograph(…)hoolproject

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  2. ibkc

    ibkc

    Thank you for this lovely article. My own son will be starting kindergarten in a few weeks and I was considering approaching the school to do a little workshop to teach them about old-school photography, especially pinhole photography, multiple exposures, the joys of light leaks and the like -- and how digital has its place but that so much fun can be had with a roll of film and a cheap plastic analog camera. ;)

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