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Picture of the week #4

March 14, 2010
Kids looking at compost

Kids in an after school program examine a bit of compost. Copyright Mark B. Gibson/The Dalles Chonicle

A pair of students examine a bit of dirt dug from a bin of compost as they explore “the lifecycle of compost” in an after-school Gorge Discovery program in The Dalles. These kids were crowded tight around a table in a greenhouse, making it a challenge to compose and shoot something that held together. Many of the shots have out-of-focus arms, eyeballs and what not in the foreground. The light, though, was beautiful. Kids are great subjects, they exclaim and marvel over every little thing. At this age, they often want to “mug up” to the camera, but if you ignore them, or just tell them to stop, they will go about their business…and I can go about my own business of photographing them.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2010 17:36

    I love their contemplative expressions.

    You never did say what they found in the compost. Worms can be pretty exciting for a kid! :=}

    • March 16, 2010 22:46

      Indeed, worms were a very popular find. Rotted garbage was fun as well. Actually, anything that moved created a big stir.

  2. March 16, 2010 22:32

    I love the expressions you caught on their faces! I’ve watched how you slip into a crowd of kids, people to click your wonderful pictures. It’s like watching a magician.

    Like a graceful dance with steps and a cadence all its own.

  3. March 22, 2010 17:58

    My kids loved worms. And those tent catapillers…

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