A photograph that says “childhood”

I think this photograph encapsulates everything that childhood is meant to be; two kids exploring the natural environment on a gorgeous, early summer day.

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This was supposed to be a landscape shot, but I think the children have improved the oicture 10-fold.

Ironically, however, this is not the picture I intended to take. It was supposed to be a landscape shot of the grass meadow framed by the two trees on either side. My kids were so engrossed in what they were doing that I couldn’t encourage them to move on.

The picture was taken when we had a stroll in some nearby woods on Friday afternoon. When I reviewed the images I took, this one instantly struck me as one to keep.

I love the way the kids are silhouetted. I also love the way Helen is climbing the gate, hoping she can make a break for freedom and run through the grass meadow on the other side (and what a grass meadow it is, full of waist-high buttercups).

I am a country boy, living in exile in the suburbs. For those concerned about such matters, can I just point out that Helen is climbing the gate at the hinged end, as my offspring have been taught.

Are you a lover of technical detail? If so, here they are; ISO was set at 100, aperture f7, shutter speed 1/125sec and focal length 44mm. Apart from a tiny bit of cropping it has not been edited.

I hope you like the image. Does it say “childhood” to you too? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know what you think.

I have linked this image to the splendid #MySundayPhoto linky hosted by the equally splendid @Photalife blog. Click on the badge below to visit the linky.

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41 Comments

  1. May 29, 2016 / 5:11 am

    I agree with you. It would have been a lovely photo of a meadow on its own but in this case your children are the perfect addition. Great capture. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 29, 2016 / 6:11 am

      Thanks Tara. I have got some shots just of the gate and meadow but this works so much better.

  2. May 29, 2016 / 5:16 am

    I love it! The presence of the kids definitely enhances the photo.
    There is a correct end of a gate to climb?! How did I not know this?!

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 29, 2016 / 6:09 am

      Indeed there is a correct end! CLimb over the latch end and the gate acts s a huge lever and can pull it off the hinges. Glad you like the pic.

  3. May 29, 2016 / 5:19 am

    Yes, the symbolism is definitely there. I think this is mostly because of two things: the silhouette effect that you mention, and the way the size of the gate gives scale. Definitely one to keep!

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 29, 2016 / 6:08 am

      Hadn’t thought of the gate giving scale, but I see what you mean. Thanks for commenting Phil.

  4. May 29, 2016 / 5:48 am

    Beautiful. I love the silhouettes of the children, it really adds depth to the photo x

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 29, 2016 / 6:08 am

      I think the silhouettes make the pic. It wasn’t the image I waslooking for at all but when I saw it on my monitor, I thought “wow, that works”.

  5. May 29, 2016 / 7:39 am

    I absolutely agree. Children can make all the difference. I love your girl inquisitiveness. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 1, 2016 / 4:06 am

      Yes, the inquisitiveness definitely shines through doesn’t it? Thanks for commenting.

  6. May 29, 2016 / 8:08 am

    I love this composition. There’s the natural landscape yet the children grab the attention with their play in the foreground. Speaking as another country boy, Tilly will also be learning the correct way to climb a hate when the time comes!

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 1, 2016 / 4:06 am

      Glad you like the composition and that Tilly will be taught the correct way to climb a gate.

  7. May 29, 2016 / 8:55 am

    I think the presence of your kids totally add to this photo – and you are right, it totally says ‘childhood’ to me. What a really great capture.

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 1, 2016 / 4:07 am

      I am not alone! It’s great to know other people interpret the picture the same way.

  8. May 29, 2016 / 10:06 am

    Yes to this, such a natural photo to capture. They are so engrossed in what they are doing totally ignoring the camera

    Thank you for linking up

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 1, 2016 / 4:08 am

      It wasn’t staged at all so I am glad the genuine, natural nature of the image comes through. Pleasure to link up as always.

  9. May 29, 2016 / 11:37 am

    John, this really is perfect, so natural and unstaged. Was it part of your post soft play forest explore?

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 1, 2016 / 4:09 am

      Well spotted! Yes it was indeed part of the same forest visit…..although we have since been back a further two times have never heard of this place a week ago.

  10. May 29, 2016 / 11:47 am

    John this is the perfect childhood summer shot, almost everybody can look at that and remember being stood just like Helen at some point in their lives, I love it x

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 1, 2016 / 4:09 am

      Thanks Sarah, that’s what appealed to me about the image. Glad you like it.

  11. May 29, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    I didn’t know you should climb at the hinged end. It’s such a perfect photo capturing moments where they’re lost in what they’re doing. I think kids can really make a photo!

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 1, 2016 / 4:10 am

      Always climb at the hinge end….otherwise you turn the gate into a gigantic lever. At the least you cound bend it out of shape at worst, wrench it free from the hinges altogether.

  12. May 29, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    Wonderful capture John, I love it. Would have been lovely without the kids but I suspect much better with and you’ll remember the moment too 🙂

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 1, 2016 / 4:11 am

      Oh I will remember the moment forever. The kids really do make the image in my opinion.

  13. May 29, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    Ahh! How lovely! It really does say childhood x

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 1, 2016 / 4:11 am

      I’m glad to note so many people agreeing with me. Glad you agree it says childhood.

  14. May 29, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    You’re right, John – the presence of the girls does improve what would already have been an excellent photo.

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 1, 2016 / 4:12 am

      Thanks Tim, their presence really makes it for me. And to think I was trying to take a landscape shot!

  15. May 29, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    It’s a lovely picture. I love how the trees frame the picture. The children give it much more of a focal point and interest than without them

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 1, 2016 / 4:12 am

      Thanks Kate, I agree. The kids really complete the image.

  16. May 29, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    Even though it’s not the photo you intended to take it’s a great capture, definitely a photograph of childhood! You can see the bond and mischief between them, I love it.

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 1, 2016 / 4:03 am

      There is certainly a bond of mischief between those two, no question about it.

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 1, 2016 / 4:00 am

      Thanks Merlinda, I think they added a lot to the image.

  17. August 26, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    I even have all the time tried to encourage my youngsters to only play…to
    use their imaginations and create their
    own games.

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