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Creating toys

Creating toys
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Copyright: Karen Arnold (dareco) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01
Categories: Daily Life
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-06 12:49
Viewed: 1236
Points: 40
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Children will always find a way to make their own toys. There was alot of entertainment in this neighborhood when the water lines broke. These two little ones were making the very best of it!
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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-03-06 14:11]

Hi Karen
Lovely approach to children's ingenuity in creating toys from everything. I love their expression the way you have captured it coupled with great POV and colors

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2008-03-06 17:38]

Dear Karen,
one day the water pipe in front of my house suddenly broke, and lots of water flooded over the road. that was like a big fountain.
I and my friends, all children in neighbor came out from their homes and of course played in the water with our clothes dripping wet, very joyfully...
your this shot reminds me it.
thank you,

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-03-06 20:10]

Hi Karen,
Very touching photo! I agree with Argiris about your approach with these children. Excellent eye-contact with the boy whereas the glance of the young girl is turned elsewhere. That gives a great interest at this scene. If I can, I think the sharpness is a little too strong. But, this is a minor detail which doesn't remove anything at the beauty of this scene. Congratulations! Annie

Hi Karen,
Very well taken picture, excellent point of view of the two childrens, good expression and lovely scene. very well done with good naturel color..

Hi Karen,
What a lovely double portrait.Cute childs.TFS.


hello Karen,

what are you doing in this part of neighbourhood? just curious.. im sure this is not just a simple vacation but something more..

anyway nice finding of this place.. i remembered i used to play like this also when i was little long time ago.

regards, terry

Hello Karen.
You'r very right. Children makes there own toys.!
In my neighbourhood, some Garages are overloaded with children toys, so the cars needs to stay outside.
But when the autorities where digging open the pavings in the streets, children starts playing with the sand and stones, leaving their expensive toys for what it was.!
Lovely looking daily life picture, well done, Karen.
Regards from jan

Hello Karen! Very interesting picture. Original scene. Good POV. Perfect capture. Well done!

A stick can become amazing to a poor child. Water is always fun, universally. Mostly in Nepal, I see them imitating their parents job...... I gave my children endless toys, blocks, games, books, skates, art materials, playschool toys, fisher and price toys, their own gardens. They had fish tanks, birds, hamsters, in their rooms, etc. Pets everywhere. What if I gave them nothing? I had almost nothing in my childhood. I made games, paper dolls, books, bad doll clothes, all by myself. I loved to play in the garden, I loved nature, rocks, insects, flowers.... I loved to explore. Do we rob our pampered western children of the real things in life?

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  • budgun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 319 W: 2 N: 382] (2091)
  • [2008-03-07 10:04]

Hi Karen,
What a charming portait you have capture of these two charming little one. Their big eyes are all over the place as they amuse themsevles with out the help of a electronic aid like a video game.
Regards, Tom

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  • viawia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 502 W: 32 N: 858] (3893)
  • [2008-03-07 10:13]

Karen you sure had good rapport with the children I like all your photos of the kids. Very well done showing wonderful emotion and capturing all those things that matter to kids.



Poor kids.. no money but they are creative
Yes.. kids find always the best from many situations

Good idea showing this Karen!


** pl

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  • Niva Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1121 W: 2 N: 877] (11866)
  • [2008-03-07 16:05]

Children bring me good humor but sometimes and somehow there are touching moments, too.
Like this...
TFS, Karen.
Kind regards, um abrašo,

Very typically Filipino, it seems to me - the bare concrete, the traditional broom in the background; the kids playing in a burst water-main.
Good sharpness and detail, a moment well captured.

Hi Karen,

This is a real insight to the realms of life...
What Gloria Williams has written here and your reply really is interesting. It's true that their imaginations are robed... Let us , for the sake of our kids energetic growth, make them realise to understand our nature, surroundings....and make them love it...and not get that "bored" ...



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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-03-08 6:57]

HI Karen
When I was a kid there were no toys, so we made do with very little to have fun.
You certainly depicted the poverty surroundings and the expression on the kids face is priceless.
Beautiful work.

True! I used to make my own puppets when I was a little girl and I preffered them over the ones my parents bought.
Very expressive shot, full of texture. A greatly captured daily life instant!

Hello Karen
Thank you for offering us a good portion of the culture of the Philipines. These kids are authentic and it reminds me that when we were kids of their age,we didn't have any toys except the ones we created ourselves. That was yesterday or so.
I love the composition of this photo , the attitude of the children, the way they are dressed and the colors.
That,s a great journalistic photo.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-03-12 3:50]

This is another truly amazing composition
It is not considered a proper PoV to shoot from above, but you have actually made this one work!
Fabulous composition, outstanding details and expressions

hi karen i like the subject and your absolutely correct typical of a filipino kid, love to meet you some day when your in the country

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