Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs.
This week’s prompt is ‘Looking Up’.
I am lying down on my oldest son’s bed. I know, through the video camera in the boys’ room, that some nights, he stays awake for a while before falling asleep later than I’d like.
I wonder what he’s thinking. He looks right at the camera sometimes, like he knows I’m watching him. He picks up his stuffed tiger, who’s been with him for four years, and talks to him. He waves him around by his tail, and I think to myself, gosh I hope he doesn’t wake his little brother up.
He stays there, looking up occasionally. As I’m lying down on his bed, I look up and see what he sees. The rocket lamp that I so carefully chose when we first moved in. I wanted something cute, boyish and memorable. I love the rocket lamps (there are two). I wonder if he likes them as much as I do. Does he imagine flying up and away into the sky? Does he wonder why the bulb is so damn big? Wait, can he even see the lamp in the dark?
When you have a child with a speech delay, you wonder a lot about what he thinks. I like to think I know my son quite well, without words. I understand his expressions, I know his moods. I know what he likes and doesn’t like. I know how he expresses his love and affection. Even without long conversations, I know his heart.
But I wonder. Will he understand his mother’s whimsical lamp choice in his room? Will he one day tell me he wants regular lamps because he’s a ‘big boy’? Or will he ride that wondrous train of imagination with me?
(What do you think of this ‘looking up’ photo? This is a photography exercise, so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!)
Next week’s prompt: Love
For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.