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.