I'm on a secret mission to get my teenage son interested in photography. Shhh. Don't tell him.
Any hobby will do, really. I just love having hobbies so much. With them, I am (almost) never bored. So, I can't help but want the same for my kids. My younger son has many interests, while my teenage son... a little less so. And because we are now in the midst of summer vacation, finding ways to avoid boredom is important. We are two weeks into summer break, and so far, so good.
One of the ways we are filling our days is to go on a weekly photo/neighborhood walk. Each week, we pick a part of the city to explore, and I told Max that he needs to take pictures while we walk. (I figured with a task at hand, he will be less likely to complain.) And, take photos, he did. Now I am hoping that by printing and displaying some of his photos, he might be inspired to take even more pictures. So, I took an old, one dollar, 4x6 photo album, and created this cover. I tried not to mom it up too much, so just tiny bit of embellishment on the cover.
I had a harder time resisiting making the inside cover and the first page a little bit cute:
So after that, I have a few pages of plain, old, 4x6 photos.
My children are always teasing me when I stop to photograph leaves, or flowers, or just lines on the sidewalk. So, in the spirit of mocking me, Max took some photos of, well, trash. But, me being me, I liked them. So, I added a few of those too, along with an explanation:
I'll let you know how the rest of "Project Max" goes in the end. Worst case scenario, I have a small album of photos from our summer sitting decoratively on my coffee table.
In case you're thinking, "Wait! Today is July 4th! Shouldn't this post be about the holiday?" Not to fear. I'll be back for the Write post on Saturday, with some thoughts about recording this special day.
In the meantime, Happy 4th of July!