When I was young, my father gifted me an old Pentax film camera. Up until the day I bought my own camera, that was my most prized possession. My father encouraged me to use my camera and to capture beautiful images around me. He urged me to see the world as what it is, and to capture it in my memory for all of eternity.
Fast forward decade or so later, and I am now a mother with twin daughters. They are only eight but they are a precocious pair with a love for taking selfies with my iPhone. In fact, they got so good that they can even take selfies without selfie stick! Then, recently, I chanced upon the story of one Hawkeye Huey, an extremely talented little boy who, at the age of five, became the world's youngest NatGeo photographer!
This is indeed no ordinary feat. He also managed to publish his own photobook, and with the help of his supportive parents, can even boast of a popular Instagram page with tons of followers.
What amazed me no end is the amount of support he gets. I understand that the world of photography can be a daunting one for youths, so I am thankful that I can turn to the Young Photographers Alliance who has guided my daughters via their mentoring program. I think it is wonderful for children to be immersed in the world of photography, beyond merely being selfie addicts.
Thank you for listening,