It's Week #16: Through a Child's Eyes

To be shot and submitted between Sunday, Apr 12 and Sunday, Apr 19 (noon, Eastern)

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

– Pablo Picasso

Sometimes when we offer a challenge, it’s pretty straightforward – like “Nature” or “Black and White.” Sometimes we have a “secret agenda” in mind of something we want you to take away from the challenge, just below the surface. This is one of those weeks.

So what do we have in mind for “Through a Child’s Eye”? Well, clearly something beyond taking a picture of a child, or of a child’s eye!

We want you to get a unique perspective this week; really think outside your own point of view and see the world through someone else’s eyes. Children have such a special perspective on the world – filled with imagination, fantasy, whimsy, and humor.

One of the best part of 52Frames is seeing the world through a new lens each week. This week, your lens is childhood. See the world anew, as you once did.

Whether it’s an imaginative interpretation of a daily phenomenon, looking up to/at some grown ups, or a day at play – try to recreate the child’s world, and share it with us in a photograph.

Remember, this does not necessarily mean taking pictures of a child, but rather taking a photo from a child’s perspective on the world!

Tips and Tuts for this week:


  • Get low! You’ll hear us talking about this tip often, and this week we really mean it! Adults tend to “look down,” aiming the camera from above. Another “secret agenda” for this week is to teach you the value of physically getting low when you take your shot. Change yourperspective and start noticing things other “grown-ups” walk right past.
  • Here’s a great blog post we put together about the impact of different angles on yourcomposition.

Looking for more inspiration? Draw some from the works of these 20 young photographers under 20, as selected by Flickr (you don’t have to be quite so angst-y as some of them!).

Extra Credit: “Collaborate with a Child”

For this week‘s Extra Credit, we encourage you to work with a child to get your shot. Use their unique perspective to brainstorm ideas, set up your shot, make decisions in the editing process, and write yourcaption! Simply featuring a child in your shot is not what we have in mind – make sure they are an integral collaborator in the process!

Here is some inspiration from other media of artists collaborating with children:

Again, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!