Kat: One Girl’s Trash…. (via The Scientific Mom)

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The image fulfills two purposes (apart from being intrinsically cute): first in support of my contention that the vast majority of portraits of girls online come from completely legitimate sources – blogs (like the one this comes from); photographers’ image library/sharing sites like Flickr, the Russian Photosight, 500px;  image content sharing sites like Pinterest, WeHeartIt; children’s fashion editorial/advertising/promotional mags like Smudgetikka, Babiekins, and finally social media sites like Facebook, VK.com, Instagram etc.  The content obviously varies with the platform to some extent: “photographic” shots on sites like Flickr (the source of my previous post), fashion on sites like Smudgetikka, and generally “amateur” on social media – while image sharing sites like Pinterest take their content from anywhere they find it. This is one of the reasons I’m borderline obsessive about giving sources wherever possible: I’m not just racking up as many pretty images as possible – these are girls with names who’ve posed for their mother/father or a professional photographer: theirs is the credit and the glory….or at least the satisfaction that comes from having a good shot taken of you that people admire and enjoy…

The second point is that it also provides a good example of the poses that children can adopt that adults usually can’t (or at least usually don’t) that I mentioned a couple of posts back – here sitting tailor-fashion (“Indian-style” being deemed offensive) on the floor. Adults are hard-wired to appreciate the charmingly “childlike” poses/expressions/gestures of young people: feeling tender and protective towards children derives directly from these moments…an uncontrollable ….aaaahhh is more than I can resist…I’m not fighting social anthropology…!!

The blog it comes from is interesting: there are an awful lot of home-schooling parents who use blogs to describe/share their experiences, and some who use the blog as part of the home-schooling process itself. This one is by Phoenix resident Amy Oyler, and is called The Scientific Mom, and she does seem to veer towards science in her daughter Kat’s curriculum: but still leaving time for gardening, crafting and painting – this look at re-using milk cartons as play-houses clearly involves the last two activities, and has a good social/environmental basis. She’s particularly praiseworthy in that she gives good, clear instructions for all the experiments/activities she describes (she is a teacher by profession) – any home-schooling parent who happens along can easily reproduce what she’s done with their own child.

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