4 Responses to “Keeping the beat”


  1. 2 Staffan H
    10 December, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    This is a very good and expressive photo of a child and that’s the way I think children should be photographed; in their own world but busy exploring the world outside little by little.

    I strongly suspect that many adults dislike being photographed because of their ambitious mothers, you know “your hair must be combed, you must wear your best clothes, and remember to smile and look nice and happy”. That’s not the way I think of toddlers and it’s probably a very good way of making them believe that being photographed is the same as having no control over what’s happening to them (generally speaking).

    • 10 December, 2009 at 6:25 pm

      I never take photographs of children – too dangerous, the risk of being shouted at by an irate mother. However I was walking across the square in Covent Garden when I saw the baby playing with the drum stick. I couldn’t resist asking permission from the father, who readilty agreed. The funny thing is, while I doubt whether the father had even considered taking a photo, I left him taking photographs from evey angle.

  2. 10 December, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    The experience of childhood captured in your image. Great shot YB. Anna and I will always try to get permission, however occasions at parades and county fairs where a image of a child was captured without permission for the moment would have certainly been lost otherwise. For the most part we get permission, guess this is a touchy subject. We have been contacted by the families wanting copies of the photos.


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