Months ago, I had the idea to post Lila' photography. I put up one gallery and there the idea sat. Children's photography as a window into the mind of a child? It's a great idea. I've had nothing but positive feedback on this section and even heard from a few people who said the section inspired them to hand a camera to their own children.
I finally uploaded new photos last night.
The timing of this, though, isn't simply just so. I uploaded them for a reason. I'm applying for a grant to expand the What Lila Sees section. Over the past few weeks, I've been writing and research art, perception, psychology, education and child development in an attempt to narrow down my proposal to a clear, well defined and compelling project. I believe I am almost there.
You'll also notice a new section entitled What Lila Draws. This showcases a small selection of her artwork over the past couple years. This section, also serves in relation to the proposal.
The following is the short description of my project:
I am designing an online gallery space featuring primarily, although not
exclusively, children’s art in an effort to explore works that shift the
perceptive experience, turning the familiar into something new. The project
will use social media to locate artists internationally in order to develop new
exhibitions for the gallery while facilitating collaboration, community and an
open dialogue on “seeing for the first time."
The final proposal is due Monday, June 8. That also happens to be Noah's birthday and the day I leave for Buenos Aires to catch a flight home to be with my parents while my dad has an operation. Needless to say, this is a hectic time.
Whether or not I actually get this grant, writing the proposal has been quite the learning experience, and whether or not I win the money for my project, What Lila Sees will move ahead.
In the meantime, enjoy these new photos. I'd love to hear your feedback on them, the proposal or any thoughts you have for the expansion of this area of my site. Oh, and feel free to wish me luck on finishing the proposal.