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Magnolia Rush: First Photos

Magnolia Rush: First Photos

Magnolia Rush: First Photos

Magnolia Rush: First Photos

Magnolia Rush: First Photos

Magnolia Rush: First Photos

Magnolia Rush: First Photos

Magnolia Rush: First Photos

 

Magnolia Rush: First Photos

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Waiting with one daughter asleep in the stroller, Shannon, my wife, had to find a way to keep the other one occupied. When I came back, Magnolia, our three-and-a-half-year-old, was holding our point-and-shoot up to the bark of a courtyard tree.  Not only was it a successful parenting strategy – letting the camera baby-sit for us – but we ended up with some wonderful images. Since then we’ve been handing Magnolia the camera on a regular basis, and while there are a lot of photographs of toddler legs in the bunch, I am consistently surprised at her compelling compositions. Some might see it as beginner’s luck, or as evidence that anyone can make photographs. What surprises me is that her images are more emotive, more interesting than the ones we take. Not yet bogged down by rules about what makes a “good” photograph, she lets her curiosity and enthusiasm lead the way.  To me, as an artist, the images are a refreshing reminder that risks are rewarded, that luck will find you when you play.
-Brian Rush

 
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