The Strange World Of Isobel’s Camera

Years ago, I think back in 2012, my friend Noel gave Isobel her daughter’s old kids’ digital camera that she had outgrown. For the first time since we had gotten the camera I downloaded the photos to make room for a new round of pictures by Isobel, and what I saw enchanted me. The photos have a misty, almost mystical quality to them, as if peering through the lens takes us through a looking glasses. Some of them look like pixelated digital art, while the others look like an impressionist painting. Some of them resemble filmy underwater scenes while still others appear as if we are underwater, looking at a dreamy surface world. I also love seeing the bits and pieces that reflect a child’s perspective. We take for granted that they see a whole person at a glace when maybe, because of their shorter stature, they see just a fraction.

Most of these pictures were taken by Isobel but a few were taken by her cousin Sam, her friend Kingston, and her other cousin, Jewel. I have had a lot of fun trying to figure out what some of these images are, and what she must have been thinking when she took them.

FF Rainbow Revelry

To celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling granting the basic human right of marriage to all, I’m filling this FF post with rainbows. Have a great weekend!

What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further.  Learn more about it in my FAQ.See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here.

Cheeseboy22  My favorite part of teaching are those “light bulb moments.” That’s when a loose light bulbs falls and scares the crap out of the kids.

ourcitylights  Ah, yes. When the cashier hands you your change and you think he’s fist bumping you. Yes, that. Never going back to that Target again.

morninggloria  For a maxi dress, this outfit absorbs surprisingly little blood

ElleOhHell  Fuck kill, marry fuck, kill marry.

iboudreau  Guys I just found a salsa recipe on the New York Times website and there’s Cheerios in it

onenjen  Ro was making soap in a sweaty basement today. First rule of summer day camp? You don’t talk about summer day camp.

Cheeseboy22  I just found a seed in my seedless watermelon. Life finds a way!

twelveyearsold  it’s July already and I’m STILL smearing poo all over my cheques!!!

Joerobinow  I wonder if teachers feel awkward seeing themselves outside of school.

JustinGuarini  You’ve got that certain something special I’d like to avoid.

madcaplaughs30  I can’t believe I’m going to see an actual parade in two days. Not sure what to expect. Do I join the parade? Am I allowed to swear?

albinwonderland  a little girl just asked if I turn into a mermaid when I go into the water. I saw no reason to lie to her so I said yes

MikeCanRant  Yeah I know all about politics. Talk about em all the time. So much I refer to them simply as ‘tics. Nobody knows what Im talking about.

amydillon  I feel so blessed to live in a time when I can witness two kids in Target fighting over who gets to talk to Siri.

joshgondelman  “There is no way you won’t want a donut in two hours,” I thought correctly, two hours ago when I bought this donut.

officialbuup  i can’t wait to get home and frighten my cats by being way too enthusiastic about seeing them.

mocoddle  I just called my gynecologist a ladybutt doctor because I’m a 12-year-old boy.

daviddeweil  A squirrel is peering at me through my office window. I’m gonna die right? This is what it’s like before your life is taken?

drewmagary  He’s Batman! He’s RoboCop! HE IS BROBOCOP.


  • “DM me”
  • “Okay. You are in a corridor of rough-hewn stone. Something skitters at the edge of your torchlight. There’s a door to your right.”

Brocklesnitch  how do i explain heterosexuals to my children

vladchoc  Invention: Music that when played backwards ejects a constant stream of real ghosts from your speakers to challenge your religious beliefs.

jenniferdaniel  I found not one but two fitbit chargers which is like finding not one but two four leaf clovers so basically nothing can go wrong today.

VaguelyFunnyDan  Sarah Connor? I’ve been sent from the future to save you & tell you about the amazing lease deals on the 2043 Passat.

kerihw  Shumbody should shtop Jim Carrey! This is both a humorous take on current affairs and a call to action.

kungfupussy  #OH: I had a very slow conversation with the ghost of Ronald Reagan.

JoeBerkowitz I feel like if you make an indestructible robot and name it “The Terminator” you’ll be at least a little proud when it inevitably kills you.

Jackclemens1  Turning on “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” but tbh ‘somebody’ means fritos.

botandy  all that can eat you buffet turns out to not be a typo

happierman  If Mike were really magic, he would have a long white beard and a cloak and a staff. This movie is not realistic at all.

kevinseccia  Remembered I had a half a bagel in the fridge and dropped to my knees like Tim Robbins in the rain at the end of Shawshank.

tehawesome  “Neighborhood Watch,” huh? does that mean you all have to share it

LizHackett  By all means put your toddler on the phone. The advice he gave me on our last chat saved my marriage.

daniel_barker  FACT: 68% of British people need to comment on the weather during sex in order to achieve orgasm.

darth  going to miss that giant inflatable trump balloon at the Macy’s parade tbh

Lubchansky  happy canada day to The Kids in the Hall ONLY

sarcasticvoice  .@exlibris my brand is “relentlessly eating nachos in front of beautiful people.”

BuckyIsotope  I like country music “Really? Like what?” *begins playing vicious death metal* Mostly Norway, a little Finland

rstevens  A truck with a sticker of Guy Fieri peeing on Flavor

ksheely  RT if you’ve ever kept a folder of MIDI covers

Cheeseboy22  BREAKING NEWS FROM YELLOWSTONE: Old Faithful caught cheating on his wife!

knottyyarn  I’ve developed an affinity for drinking smoothies right out of the blender jar like a gross jock DO NOT SEND HELP IT’S GLORIOUS

robfee  The truest detective was the cop on Home Alone that heard Kevin had been abandoned, knocked twice & said “Tell her to count her kids again.”

mothra04  If I was a Voltron pilot I’d really not want to be in the blue lion. If that thing stalled while underwater, no thanks. It’s been on my mind

knottyyarn  Man looks me up and down: “You are one colorful bitch!” GAME OVER, I found my life partner

DancesWithTamis  What if you called the police for something serious like a robbery and Sting showed up, sang “eeeooo” a few times and then just left?

PrimeTrim  I can’t believe California is making me vaccinate my kid. BEING A SELFISH, MISGUIDED DOOF WHO’S SCARED OF SCIENCE IS MY AMERICAN RIGHT!

CalmTomb  Oh, Americans need to eat healthier? Pretty strong words coming from the MAYO Clinic.

goldengateblond  So You Think You Can Be President

MissDahlELama  Man, autocorrect really gets off on lulling you into a false sense of security at your most vulnerable, doesn’t it.

SuperRandomish  Dear bird singing outside my window at 12:30am, I understand. I tweet after midnight too.

BlindChow  [thoughts as waiters clap & sing birthday song to customer] CUSTOMER: please kill me OTHER PATRONS: please kill me WAITERS: please kill me

Brocklesnitch  anyone who says teenage girls are dramatic have not read the responses to the marriage equality ruling by old conservative guys

RandomAntics  In a pic a good angle can take off 20 lbs, a good filter maybe 10 yrs. Presumably under ideal conditions I can negate my entire existence.

RiverClegg  Competitive cyclists should be required to have little tassels on their handlebars. I’ve thought about this a lot and there is no downside.

RickAaron  Why is it called OSHA instead of NSFW?

BeTheBoy  DJ Free Butt Stuff – nobody use this name. I called it.

lauracope  i’ll finish this essay as soon as i run out of internet

XplodingUnicorn  [in church] Me: Do you understand what the priest is saying? 5-year-old: We should go. I’m out of Cheez-Its.

jessokfine  I retweeted a ruinedpicnic tweet about hard poops and now all my promoted tweets are for enemas.

rstevens  The B-52s are going to make a lot of money off Love Shack this summer, you mark my words

JermHimselfish  Oh cool now there’s twice as many people that don’t wanna marry me

AaronWill13ms  I love when I’m in public and someone recognizes me from work, but they don’t know my name so they just yell, “Hey Library!”

stevetweeters  I don’t care if it’s “just a baby”, it gets the firm handshake just like everybody else.

ReticentTurnip  Technology Form Factors – Personal computer – Smart phone – Tablet – Smart loaf – Wearable slab – Ear prong – Flip car – Breakout glob – Zib

AaronMesh A lot of hippies across America getting asked things for the first time in years

aliterative  Marriage used to be so simple. You’d meet a man, buy his daughter; make awkward conversation til she died in childbirth. What went wrong?

gf3  i like good looking people. if you are bad at looking at things then we cannot be friends, i’m sorry

catherinebray  Locked self out, bought self cake as cheer up treat. Now paranoid it was a Freudian locking out incident engineered by id to procure cake.

ImAmandaNelson  Atticus is wandering around the house poking himself in the cheek going “why are cheeks mushy why are cheeks mushy” so that’s my day

jdekz  Headline: “Justice Scalia accidentally publishes ranting angry LiveJournal entry as dissenting legal opinion.”

KalvinMacleod  BANK MANAGER: Sign here SQUID: *squirts ink everywhere* BM: and here SQUID: *squirts ink everywhere* BM: and here SQUID: Imma need a minute.

DanGurewitch  A victory for Duh in the landmark case of “Ugh v. Duh”

robertflorence  It’s a bad week to be a confederate-flag wearing homophobe who wanted to play Arkham Knight on PC.


TheMattDWilson  Scalia breathlessly running into every wedding from now on during the “if anyone here objects” portion

hazelmotes1  Girl, I can read you like a book. Specifically, I can read you like Ulysses, by James Joyce. I only got to page 2.

jerryRenek  I hate to stereotype but all the serial killers in my neighborhood are really creepy.

CourtneyBale  [after every jeopardy response] Pfft THIS idiot. Doesn’t even know what a crow is. He literally LINDA HE LITERALLY JUST ASKED WHAT IS A CROW

radtoria  Hey baby, do you like tan lines? Because I fell asleep with a badminton racquet on my face again and

pourmecoffee  “Grandpa, what’d you do in Congress?” “Voted against Obamacare a million times and named things for Reagan.” *writes essay about Grandma*

amutepiggy i put my pants on like everybody else: while frantically deleting my browser history

Chumpstring  If you’re gonna walk in on me masturbating, at least have the decency to sing along.

UniqueDude2  do not go gentle into that good night. make a big fuss. be a real jerk off about it

tricycle_champ  [god making chimps] GOD: shrink a gorilla & make it smart ANGEL: Ok. And what sound should it make? G: literally just have it fucking scream

fro_vo  Mission Control: prepare to enter the vacuum of space Dog Astronaut: wait the what now

OfficeofSteve  Jesus had two dads and he turned out pretty great

trumpetcake  Wear only a towel around your waist and you can get into just about anywhere if you just repeat “so sorry so sorry” and keep moving forward.

sageboggs  You buried someone in the wrong spot? Now that’s what I call …a grave mistake

pixelatedboat  The in-flight safety video was oddly insistent about not opening the hatch marked “Goblin Portal”

ChrisScarlette  And then Jesus performed an unbelievable miracle.. “No way…” I said skeptically… He then faintly whispered: “Yahweh.”

lanyardigan  “But I don’t want to kiss,” says Scalia. “Sorry, we have to now,” says Alito. “It’s the law.” They embrace.

chickenscottpie  So sorry to everyone whose opposite-sex marriages are now dissolved. Hopefully you’ll like the same-sex spouse the government assigns you.

SirEviscerate  Under ‘medical history’, we were hoping for something more specific to you personally. You wrote “Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928″.


What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further.  Learn more about it in my FAQ.See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here.

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