Tue 24 Mar 2009
Last week Andri had his picture taken at school. I remember my first picture day as terrifying. You can tell I had only just stopped crying long enough for the picture to be taken. The only other time I’d been spoken to in a soothing voice under bright lights with a strange man was at the doctor’s office and we all know what happened next, shots and finger pricks, not fun. So I think it’s reasonable that I found sitting in front of some sort of contraption, under bright lights, in front of a strange man quite frightening. But that’s not what I wanted to write about. Over the following weekend Snorri brought his big fancy camera home along with the tripod. He took out the battery and let Andri have a go. He put his eye up to the camera and called for me to sit in front of the camera and say cheese. I followed his instruction and Andri peeked from behind the camera and said, “See, Mommy!”, as in, “See, it wasn’t so bad, was it?” which is what I imagine the photographer said over and over again as he tried to photograph Andri and his classmates. His teachers didn’t say anything about him having a hard time with picture day. His father has been putting a, from Andri’s perspective, giant lens in his face from day one so I guess it follows that he’d be okay with picture day. Here are a few pics of Andri behind the camera.