For a long time FOCUS FORCE has resisted the idea to accept altered images for foto projects. The reason being that FF believes Kids With Cameras should be encouraged to find the original beauty in an image. That rule remains steadfast. But, we waivered a little with the breeze. While, not truly altered images these are a step in a direction not often tread by the Kids With cameras. Here, we view a collection as a first try by Stacey of Portland using an app that she had found, and experimented with.ff16-sfspecpro3

This image, the first of the series goes in close to find ants invading the heart of the flower.


Another image, focusing on the aspect of the flower. But, in this case demonstrates the need to still be careful, and be on the lookout for unwanted objects. Or, on the other hand is that part of the image that flower she liked. What do you think?

These couple below, Stacey found interesting due to the way the water was pooling firstly on a hand rail and then on a leaf.


In the majority of these visions, water and droplets have played an important part of the images composition. For a first time attempt, and collection of images, Stacey has done herself proud.


Stacey’s Mum, Paula explains; Stacey has been playing with a macro attachment and has come up with these couple of shots which are  impressive as to what you see from just a bunch of small flowers on a succulent or stem of flower buds on a spring bulb.


In the first image shown in this group, we spoke of the heart of the flower, or perhaps we could call it the inner sanctum. Here, we go to the centre in an intriguing shot that highlights the veins of the petal, and the stamen where bees swarm to find the pollen.

Stacey is to be congratulated and praised on these works, and the eagerness to experiment with her camera….. and her imagination. After all, that is what photography and discovery is all about – the opportunity to push the boundaries. Well done.


About focusfor

The FOCUS FORCE photographic workshop program for Kids With Cameras is based in Melbourne, Australia. The projects have gone beyond the Victorian borders, into New South Wales, and Tasmania.Through others including a backpacker it has been provided to children in Thailand, and a teacher in Portugal has inspired children there as well. Apart, from the fun of learning about the camera and developing the skill of taking better photos; the best of which are raised to the status of SUPER SHOTS,the works have been mounted as collections under the banner of the FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITIONS, and sent as gifts of friendship and goodwill to the United States, Italy, Japan, China - others are still being worked on. The program enrciches the children's knowledge, and as a side benefit makes them more aware of their own surroundings,and all that is to value where they live. Then comes the delight of being achievers, and having their self esteem boosted by their successes.The term "kids with cameras" was first used by the program's forerunner; CLICKER - the "club for kids with cameras", and dates back to the mid 1980's. The name change came about as wanting to be more appropriate to the older student group that the program now works with.

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