6/26/2017 1 Comment
One of the coolest things about living in San Diego, in my opinion at least, is The New Children's Museum (NCM). The NCM is located in downtown San Diego off of Front and W. Island Streets, and across from the San Diego Convention Center and Seaport Village.
According to their website (thinkplaycreate.org), The NCM is a "new model of children's museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art."
Like many children's museums, there is painting, clay, and building blocks. Unlike other children's museums, The NCM has awesome one-of-a-kind art installations that the kids can fully interact with: from towers with "hidden rooms" to climb and explore, to a toddler area filled with larger than life food items to play with, and a rain house and other areas to explore the art of sound. A previous exhibit was an "orange grove" which incorporated sound effects that were triggered as the kids climbed, swung, and pulled on the trees in the grove.
Since 2013, The NCM has been putting on an awesome and free event known as Mass Creativity. Partnering with other organizations and artists in the area, Mass Creativity brings to the San Diego community an opportunity for kids and families to experience art in unique and creative ways. In a way it's an embodiment of The NCM mission, and a way to share the uniqueness of what The NCM provides to the community and our kids through art and creative play and learning.
My family has attended Mass Creativity ever year since 2013 in some form or fashion. And I think it's safe to say that each year has been better than the previous one, and this year was no different. With art projects and creative play for the kids outside and inside, there was more than enough to keep the kid busy, and happy.
I didn't take as many photos as I had in previous year's, but I think you can clearly see from these photos just how much fun he had creating and playing at Mass Creativity this year.
If you're interested in learning more about The New Children's Museum (NCM), please check them out on:
- The web at: http://www.thinkplaycreate.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenewchildrensmuseum/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newchildrensmuseum
- - Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-new-childrens-museum-san-diego
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/thenewcm
The NCM is a non-profit organization and relies on the support and donations of its members and the community. If you're interested in donating or supporting The NCM your can find information on how to do that on their website as well.
I love Instagram! And I love it for a couple of reasons: One, I get to easily see updates from photographers that I get inspiration from; and two, I get to keep up with my family and friends. For this post, I want to focus on reason number one.
Like many of you with Instagram, I follow a lot of folks, but how many of them do I really pay attention to? How many of them do I look up when I think I’ve missed their post? Let’s be honest, this probably amounts to only handful or maybe few more.
Here are four Instagrammers that this applies to for me (in no particular order):
(1) Forest & Field Photography (www.forestandfieldphotography.com / www.instagram.com/forestandfieldphotography). Lindsay’s style of photography appeals to me because it’s honest and depicts real life around her home and family.
(2) Meg Loeks (www.instagram.com/meg_nlo and www.instagram.com/megloeksphoto). Meg’s style is similar to Lindsay’s, but a little brighter. I love the way she manages to capture the emotion of her subject.
(3) Ashley Jennett (https://www.instagram.com/thestorkandthebeanstalk). A lot of Ashley’s photos are slightly de-saturated and have a vintage feel to them. I think the feel of these images combined with the realness of the subject, location, and situation, really draw me in. Her images often remind of similar situations or expressions my son makes.
(4) Jake Olson (http://www.jakeolsontutorials.com and www.instagram.com/jakeolsonstudios). Jake’s photos are saturated, bright, stylized, and often have a whimsical feel about them. I love these photos because I feel drawn in by them, and I want to imagine the story that goes along with them.
So, there are four Instagrammers that I enjoy following. Who do you follow, and what draws you to their work?
Eudora Welty, a photographer and Pulitzer Prize recipient, once said “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
Ansel Adams, renowned photographer, said “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”
For me, a photograph should evoke a memory, an emotion, or a reaction; it should bring old memories alive again. Whether it’s a family, business, or sports portrait, I want a photo which captures the essence of the moment. I want to be drawn into the moment the photo was taken, and to understand the subject at that moment – what were they feeling, what moment did the photographer want to capture, why was it important to the client or the photographer. Every photograph has a story, whether that story is as simple as “I liked the way that flower looked” or as complex as “this was taken at our wedding, and I knew at the time that this elderly family member wouldn’t be with us much longer”. I love real photos with a story behind them.
As a kid, I hated having my picture taken. As an adult, I treasure those old pictures because they remind me of all the memories and experiences I had. Even more so, looking through photos my parents and grandparents have and listening to the stories and memories they have creates a deeper connection to them, and helps to me to understand them so much more.
As a photographer, I want to capture photos that my family and clients will treasure. I want the photos I capture of my family to be real and substantive; and I want to be able to look back on them, to smile and remember that special moment. I want the same for photos I capture for my clients.
“Photography is a magical kind of art that allows people to preserve time and moments, and to describe the world as they see it.” – Sahara Sanders
So, why is photography important to you? What do you want or expect when you look at a photograph?