I posted a while ago about discovering that my ds (age 5, deaf, SPD and challenging behaviour as yet not dx) has a talent for photography which actually helps control his behaviour as well. The beginning of September he came 2nd in a local under 14's photo competition which I was so chuffed about. Well, today we were contacted by the RHS (royal horticultural society). A different photo of his they have shortlisted in their photo competition. I'm in total shock. He's clearly good, I just hadn't realised how good. I really wanted to share this news with you all because you've all been so supportive over the years and you'll understand how having a child like ours being able to excell at something means so much more. He still can't read, he can barely write, doesn't understand his peers in the playground and he isn't fully toilet trained but OMG he's better than every single one of them with a camera . This is very very special to me and I'm so proud.
Just tried to explain it to him and its gone totally over his head. He wants to go and see it at the competition! He says he'll take the photo into school tomorrow and scare people with it (its a photo of a large spider he found in the garden). He doesn't understand at all. I don't care, I understand . All those missed and late milestones and worry mean nothing right now .
He might understand in future...being artistic is such a gift, I'm really not good at that stuff! Such a impressive thing to be good at too, I'm sure it will give him immense joy in the future and help his esteem no end.
Fantatic rebel! really photography is an ideal hobby/profession for kids with social issues as it's a solitary job. I can't believe he's 5! Is there anyway you can get his pics on photobucket and send us all the link so we can look at them?
Rebl, I understand, totally. That realisation that something just something is what your child can do, does enjoy, is recognised for.
For me, with DD1, it's her singing. Now, before anyone gets excited. She doesn't remember most of the words. She doesn't follow the tune exactly. She can't pronounce the vast majority of them, even simple ones. Yet, to me, and DH, and my Mum and Dad, the people that really know her, it is so precious.
Because in that moment, her face is serene. Her face is lifted up to the sky, and she is singing. I have to listen really, really carefully to pick up what she is singing, but her heart is completely in it.
What a privilige for you to get a glimpse of the world through his eyes. I am so delighted for you, really.
I have a flickr account which they're on but it would out me! But then if he wins I'm going to be posting with a link to the winning web page and his name will be there. I'll speak to dh and see what we think about outing me.
lovely photos. Can I ask what sort of camera he is using? It might be worth investing in a better camera for him. I have put 2 of my photos on my profile and i love taking photos, and since getting a beter camera, my photos have improved