Photographing Childhood Memories

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Reliving your childhood memories is a fascinating photographic project that can provide hours of pleasant experiences but can also make for an interesting and rewarding project. Very few experiences can shape your adult stage as those fond memories when you were innocent and growing up; experiencing life for the first time.

Think of all of your memories as a child; places where you grew up, your favorite playtime activities and the places where you played them, your favorite games, places you visited, your favorite toys, your friends. When your dad taught you how to ride a bike or how to roller skate, or took you into the park and taught you the wonders of nature. Remember the birds and the bees speech?

If for example you had a favorite playground that you visited often and there there was a favorite slide or swing, consider going back to that place or at least finding a similar slide or swing and photographing it. Locate some of your old toys, if they still exit or similar ones and capture their image. Your favorite location like a park and attraction, a tree house or simple hideaway, take their photos. You objective, but the most difficult aspect of this project, is to pass or rather infuse unto the viewer, the feelings and emotions felt by you when you were there.

Use symbolism if your subject is not available, try to infuse the emotions into the shot. Old toys will probably be the most difficult element to find, but antique stores should be able to provide you with some assistance in this regard.

Did you have a favorite snack or food when young, like ice cream? Why not take an image of an ice cream cone, or those juicy Bazooka bubble gum that came with a comic strip in the wrapper. How about a simple game of marbles or an old doll. Don't underestimate these things as far as the makings for excellent childhood photos.

Many adults, even some older children start erasing their early years memories as they grow, this project may help them remember them. You may not be able to get on a bike and have your father push you along, but that doesn't mean you can substitute. Think of the little things that provided the best examples of your growing up years and capture, even if you have to recreate, them in photos.

Did you play with frogs when you were a kid? I did, but there is no way that you are going to find me near a frog today, I must admit that I have a huge phobia towards the little guys. However, by using a family friend and her kids, I can re shoot a similar experience, from afar and with a long lens of course.

Good examples can be obtained without even showing the full subject, or having the subject be recognizable. Often silhouettes will do the trick. Concentrate on the message not the subject. Think of using a monochromatic medium too. Some images made with this format can really be great for representing an idea, setting the mood or "telling" a story. Keep your shots at eye level similar to as you would have seen things at the time and also look for different angles, make the ordinary seem extraordinary when viewed from a different. perspective.

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What will your purpose be when undertaking this project? Besides creating a memorable experience for you and the viewer it would not be far fetched to consider turning it into a book deal. Books about memories and childhood are quite popular subjects as they have been for a while.

Some of these images can also be used in the greeting card industry too as well as in the stock agency arena for use in product campaigns.

The first part of the project will probably require for you to sit back and think, it would also be good to put your thoughts and memories into written form, even a note will do. This will be your guide when starting the project.

Go a step further and try to locate old childhood friends and include their children into your work. They will probably be more than glad to offer to help you as now both of you will be fondly reliving the past.

Plan ahead, but don't forget to have fun. Your enthusiasm and energy will more than likely be transmitted to your subjects and should reflect in your images which after all, its the main purpose behind this photographic project.

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Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

Very cool Luis. It read like you could be scrapbooker. Awesome ideas!

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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Lynn: Very observant of you,I do scrapbook on occasion.

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Debra Charney 5 years ago from United States

Hey, Luis.

This would be a great article to link to my article: Return to Little Orleans Campground; Recollections of a Great Childhood. Not sure how to link the two together. Get back to me.


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Bethany Culpepper 5 years ago

These are great ideas - thank you! I'm always looking for gifts that have meaning.

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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Bethany: Thanks for you kind comments

Debra: Highlight the URL, Copy, Paste on you hub or article. You may use it as you see fit. Thanks

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Hi Luis, another very informative and beautiful hub. I love taking pictures and photographing children are a favorite of mine. The photos are beautiful.

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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Cardisa: Thank you for you kind comments

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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great topic for a hub! I love this idea.

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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

randomcreative: Thank you, I'm glad that you enjoy it.

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Debra Charney 5 years ago from United States

Thanks, I linked your article at the end of mine. By the way, great article once again. I'm really enjoying following you.

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rksab 5 years ago

Nice hub Luis. Keep it up :)

Akbar Hayat Khan 5 years ago

A great article, i enjoyed it a lot. it have recalled my memories after reading it.

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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Akbar Hayat Khan: Thank you, glad you enjoyed it

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Very cool photography and hub LuisGonzalez! You captured childhood memories quite well! Faith Reaper

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