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through the eyes of a child, pt. 2

Admittedly, we did not do nearly as good a job facilitating Munchkin’s photography during our recent trip to Europe as we had the first time it had occurred to us to put a camera in his hand. During our travels in South Africa the camera had proved a good motivational tool that got Munchkin through some difficult hikes. This time around, Munchkin did not need the extra encouragement, so we mostly forgot to bring it along on our excursions.

The one time we remembered to give him the camera was at the beginning of our visit to Belgium. Fortunately, we were in Bruges, which is such a stunningly beautiful city that in the span of 20 minutes — before Munchkin got too tired and demanded a ride in the stroller — he managed to snap several memorable shots.

In our first post of Munchkin’s photos we did not do any editing. This time around D did some light cropping. On the first image D got rid of his own stray hand, which had wandered into the bottom left corner of the frame. On the image below, he cut down on the shadow, which was distracting from an otherwise gorgeous shot (Munchkin has learned how to focus but he has yet to discover the zoom button on his point-and-shoot camera).

In one of the rare light moments of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between The World And Me (which is an otherwise hard-hitting must-read for anyone wanting to understand race relations in the United States), the author reminisces about photos of doorways his wife had taken on her first trip to Paris. The passage is laden with symbolism, of course, given the hopelessness Coates felt in America juxtaposed with the possibility of escape offered by such entirely un-American doorways. “It had never occurred to me that such … doors could exist, could be so common in one part of the world and totally absent in another,” he writes.

We’re not entirely sure what drew Munchkin’s fascination, but on one street in particular he literally stopped at every doorway to photograph it. He also snapped a number of window shots, including the below street view from the fantastic Books & Brunch cafe.

And last, but not least, is this shot: the first of what will likely be many reciprocal photo-taking images. In it, Munchkin not only captured D behind the camera but also S wandering off into the distance with the baby stroller — a perfect representation of the way our travels unfolded.

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