“Here,” I said, showing him the back of my camera. “This is the picture I took of you. Now it’s your turn. You just need to hold up the camera, half press this button until the square on the back screen turns green around my face, and then fully press the button. That will capture the photograph.”
His eyes looked at me intelligently, drinking up my instructions, eager to give it a try. I placed the camera strap around his neck and asked him to try not to drop my camera. He gazed down at the piece of photographic equipment he held in his hands.
Then he pointed the lens at my face and took this photograph of me.
. . . And he is three years old.
What started out as my personal 365 Photo of the Day project eventually developed to include my Dad; today, it official grew to a three-person project . . . and I like it better that way.
Honestly, there’s probably a 4% chance that my nephew’s future biographer will stumble upon this blog post in 2072 as she prepares to draft a stunning literary portrait capturing Gabriel’s illustrious photographic career. Perhaps, if I am lucky, today’s lesson will be featured as a footnote amongst a very long list of artistic achievements for this little guy. Only time will tell.