Camera Position 54 : Photograph like a Child

Summer’s lazy days put me in the mind of childhood and a recent encounter with some ideas by Pablo Picasso and some photographs by French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) made me think about how important a childlike sense of wonder is to photographers.

Picasso said:

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, Two Women on the Beach

Pablo Picasso – Two Women on the Beach

Lartigue started taking photos when he was 6, his subject matter being primarily his own life and the people and activities in it. So, as a child he photographed his friends and family at play – running and jumping, racing wheeled soap boxes, building kites, etc.

Jacques Henri Lartigue PhotographJacques Henri Lartigue Photograph

Photographs by Jacques Henri Lartigue

Jacques Henri Lartigue at Masters of Photography

18 thoughts on “Camera Position 54 : Photograph like a Child”

  1. I subscribe to your site via RSS feed/google reader. I dont have an ipod. I listen to your podcast using browser/quicktime plugin. Being technically behind the curve – I dont know if there are any practical difference, for me, if I receive mp3 file instead. (I know I would miss the embedded slideshows though)

  2. Thanks, Eddy, for your response. I’ve had a few people over the year or so that I’ve been doing Camera Position who have asked for the mp3 files, so I thought I’d ask what the general consensus is… so far, it appears as though most either like it the way it is or “don’t care”.

    Thanks again, and thanks for listening!


  3. Well, i’m subscribed via iTunes, and it can handle video as well so no problem at all. Anyway, I think content is king, and your podcast is simply delicious and inspiring. So please, keep it coming!!!
    Best Regards,

  4. Hi,

    I love your podcast how they are. I however convert them so i can use them in non apple products. I emailed you with info.

    You offer very good information, and very moving stories. I just love the tips I find in your podcast. Keep these coming!


  5. Alex… thanks for your support. I’ll respond to your note in a few but I’m glad that the format is working out for you on other platforms!


  6. hi jeff,
    Before i succumbed to the ipod i used just an mps player, so had to convert the file, although this is very easy, it is just another step and means more time in front of the computer.
    Im sure that alot of people would not have a clue how to convert anyway. I love the m4a enhanced podcast, (i think its way better than the video podcasts, for the ipod anyway).
    I think that if u want to please eveyone then you are going to have a hard time, but if its real easy why not just add the mp3 file too, only you would have to convert it then saving people the hassle of having to deal with that.

  7. The problem with adding a different file format is that it would require a different RSS feed and a different subscription at iTunes, etc.

    Given that very few people have said that they are *really* wishing for a different file format, I think I’ll leave things as status quo. Thanks for the feedback, though!


  8. Hi,
    I often thought about asking you about a diffent file format, because some of the episodes did not play in one of my players under a debian linux. I did not complain, because I just had to start windows on my PC and was able to look these. It’s not the best way to do it, but as I enjoy this “podcast about the creative side of photography” so much, I take the time to restart my pc, start opera, visit your site and see and hear the episode, which didn’t play under debian and restart my PC afterwards. Well that said: I don’t think there is a “real need” for an MP3-Feed, but it could solve some problems I had. But the loss of the pictures is worse. So if an mp3-feed should make any sense to me, it would have to supply the pictures with it… so even if I had my problems with the enhanced podcast, I don’t see the need for an mp3-only feed.

    So podcast in whatever format you like, as long as the content is worth it, I will go through the pain of restarting my pc (for those three or four episodes that caused problems so far) to see it!

  9. Sven;

    Thanks for going through all those steps to listen! I really appreciate it.

    And Derren; thanks for the article. In general, I agree with the idea of not presuming your audience is interested in watching *and* listening. I know that a lot of people simply listen to the audio and then go back later to pick up the visuals. I try to put most of the visuals (the really important ones, anyway) on the web log entry for the podcast for those folks.

    It’s been an interesting discussion…


  10. iTunes, what is that? 🙂

    I love the content of your show, but I use a standard mp3 player to listen to podcasts. I don’t use iTunes, simply download enclosures off of a blog reader. The images are cool, but I don’t find that looking at images while driving 75mph is very safe. I can always go back and look at the blog post afterward to see what the images look like.

    Could I convert the files? Probably, but your podcast is the only one I have come across so far that uses the m4a format. I guess that comes with being a developer on MS platforms. The last time I worked on an Apple was in the Apple II days.

    Thanks again for the great content.


  11. Going to the topic at hand.

    Couple of stories about Lartigue (one of my favorite photographers):

    His parents had the foresight to get him a camera. When he was little, he used to walk around with his eyes closed and then open them for a split second!

    When his grandmere was on her death bed, the family wanted him to photograph her on her death bed. However, if the family where to sit on the bed with her, he would take a photo of everone with her. As the family just got onto the bed, he took the image.

  12. Michael;

    Thanks for those great anecdotes! Really fun stories…

    I like the idea of having a day where you’d only see the world in little fractions of seconds as you blinked open your eyes…


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