Through their eyes

Imagine looking at your city through the eyes of a child. You’d get a very different perspective on things. That’s what photographer Amy Morrall discovered when she visited London recently and gave her twin daughters a camera each to capture their view of the city. Read our photographer profile to see how their snaps made Amy Morrall look at the world she knew in a whole new light.

Through their eyes by Andy Maggie & Primrose by Andy

London according to Maggie and Primrose

“Living in the countryside is great,” says Amy. “The peaceful tranquility and space to roam make it perfect for bringing up a family.

But while my husband Andy and I appreciate all of that, every now and then we get the urge to visit a big city and surround ourselves with history, art, culture and good food. A recent trip took us to London and along the River Thames, where we spent the weekend exploring by boat.

For the first time we allowed our seven-year-old twin girls, Primrose and Maggie, to use cameras of their own to capture the things that interested and delighted them most. Watching them examine the city from their own unique perspective made us see it through new eyes, too.

Mac and Cheese by Primose, 7 years old Mac and Cheese by Maggie, 7 years old

We arrived in London just in time to catch our friend at her market stall where she serves up the kids' favourite dish - macaroni and cheese - with all sorts of amazing toppings. As soon as we pulled up, the girls instantly whipped out their cameras and started snapping a mural of a giant dog on the side of a building.”

Dog mural by Primrose

Down by the river

“Next stop was check-in at our hotel. Sitting right on the Thames, our main form of transport for the weekend was to be the Thames ferries, so it was all aboard for the start of our adventure.

Seeing the city from the water was a totally new angle for us. Our four-year-old son Gilby took in every detail as the girls clicked away in the direction of every bridge we approached.

River view by Maggie

On the first morning, a petting zoo at Camden Art Centre looked certain to capture the girls' imaginations and it didn't disappoint. In the evening, we got to catch up with family over dinner in Covent Garden and already we'd started to notice the effect two new perspectives on the city were having on our trip.

On the way, we found an air vent to jump over, a wall to walk along and looking up, a camera that looked like owl eyes. It was obvious the journey was to be more exciting than the actual restaurant. Being out in the illuminated city with new unfamiliar sights and sounds was magical.”

Air vents by Maggie and Primrose’s dad, Andy

Thank heavens for rain

We woke the next day to a big disappointment: rain. But we needn't have worried as the spirits of our budding little photographers were far from dampened.

We whiled away our day wandering through the drizzle along the Southbank and popping into galleries. We moved slowly through the large gallery spaces, sketching favourite paintings and studying beautiful photographs.

Much to the kids' delight we discovered an awesome installation in the Hayward Gallery where we could hang out and wait for the sun to appear.

Reviewing by Andy

As soon as it did, we crossed the river, soaking up rays as we went. The rest of the day passed in a blur of snapshots, tea and macaroons before another meal and the ferry trip back 'home'.

The girls were excitable to the end, especially when we passed a ferry hotel on the water called Twin Star – definitely another photo op.”

Boats, ropes and purple cups

“The final morning of our trip was spent playing hopscotch and catching up with our friend Carter at his coffee shop in Camberwell.

Looking back at what the girls shot over the weekend, I have to say my favourite pictures are the ones I feel really sum them up as people. For Maggie, it was the purple cup on top of a signpost. Spotting a pretty dash of colour is so typical of her.

For Primrose, the boat and ropes image, which really captured their experience. They were both so interested in the process of the boat ropes being lassoed around the cleat on the dock.

Purple Cup by Maggie Boat & Ropes by Primrose

A camera can help you to slow down and consider your surroundings, allowing time to stop and notice beauty in the normal.

It was enjoyable to watch how Primrose and Maggie formed ideas of what was interesting and photograph-worthy. The way they snapped was a wonderfully revealing insight into a child’s perspective.

Wall by Primrose

Random colours, nature, objects and family took up most of their memory card space. Seeing the city through their eyes, it's easy to see that these are the most important things to them. It also shows why photography for children can be really exciting.”

All of Maggie and Primrose’s photos were captured on Canon IXUS cameras

Show us your images from a child’s perspective

Now you’ve seen London through the eyes of Maggie and Primrose, try this month’s challenge and imagine looking at your city from a child’s perspective

Crouch down and look up. Let your eye be drawn by bold, bright colours. Children are often impatient, so try snapping at speed without too much concern for keeping your camera level. Shoot from the hip in busy crowds and think of the fun things that would grab a child’s attention as you walk around.

See more images of London taken by Maggie, Primrose, Amy and Andy below.

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