Now back to our regularly scheduled blog!
We gave our daughter a camera for her 6th birthday. She had been wanting one for a while. It's digital, so she can upload the pictures on the computer and has software to do different things with the photos, such as use them as parts of other art projects. She's really creative and talented with what she does with the pictures, in my opinion. She also takes pictures of the craziest things. Oftentimes, she'll snap pictures of her dinner or try to capture a frame off of something she's watching on TV. She'll take pictures of her toys when they're at weird angles.
She doesn't take many pictures of people, however. I think she only took one picture of me and has only taken a few of herself after she had lost a tooth. Actually, she only took those pictures because the tooth fell out during the night, and she couldn't find it, so she wanted to put the picture under her pillow for the tooth fairy (I later found the tooth on the floor by her bed, so she didn't need those pictures any more).
I asked her why she doesn't take pictures of people, and she said that people do not inspire her. I can totally understand that some artists like to build their art around things other than people. Ansel Adams loved to photograph nature, for example. But I still can't help but think her autism affects her perceptions and what inspires her. While I'm very happy she has found a really cool way to express her creative side, I'm still kind of sad that she doesn't find people inspirational.
Maybe this will change as she gets older. Or not. As long as she's happy expressing herself the way she does, I suppose I just have to accept it for what it is. And who knows, maybe she'll become a famous artist known for not having people in her art. Hey, a mother can still dream, right?