Small hands, big world: Captured
by Lisa A. Fraser
Jan 12, 2011 | 3898 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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"Construction" by Shayna Block.
The world can be a wondrous thing for many children. Everything that adults pass by and take for granted everyday can translate into vivid imagination for kids. But there is something even more magical about the everyday matter around us that children seem to get – and when armed with a camera, the perspective from four feet and under can be quite interesting.

The Kew Gardens Children’s Photograph Show at the Q Gardens Gallery on 80-61 Lefferts Boulevard aims to showcase the point of view of child shutterbugs, letting viewers into the world as they see it.

On view beginning Friday, Jan. 14 and lasting until Feb. 5, the photo show will show the photographs of 14 children ranging in age from five to nine years old.

Sponsored by a New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods Grant, awarded by the Citizens Committee for New York City to the Kew Gardens Improvement Association, over 40 photos from the neighborhood’s children will be enlarged, framed and displayed at the gallery along with biographies of each child.

“The idea is to make the neighborhood residents involved and give the families something to do together,” said Carol Lacks, co-ordinator of the show and board member of the Kew Gardens Improvement Association.

Lacks, along with gallery owner Ron Marzlock, promoted the idea of a picture show for children to neighborhood residents. They had done it before but didn’t receive much response. This time, many parents replied.

“We feel the arts is a very important part of the Kew Gardens Council for Recreation and Arts,” Lacks said. “They’re cutting back on the arts budget in schools s we’re trying to do our bit to get the arts in Kew Gardens.”

Marzlock, himself a shutterbug, loved the idea from the start.

“I put myself in the place of those kids at that age when I had a camera and would bring it to school but back then it was only academics,” he said.

There was no nurturing or mentoring of his hobby back then and his aim is to nurture and inspire the children.

“Maybe one of the 14 will go on to be a professional photographer,” he said. The children are even learning the basics of gallery etiquette for the opening reception.

“They were very excited when they first heard of the idea,” said Jennifer Giardina, whose children, 8-year-old Maya and five-year-old Cairo are participating in the show.

“[They] are in love with the arts, and were happy to have the opportunity to express themselves through photography.”

All of the children are set to be at the opening reception. They include, Jessica and Emily Degennaro, Cairo and Maya Giardina, Alek Stojakovic, Megan and Devon Groppe, Aidan Hunter Iriguyen, Risa, Leah and Abby Harris, Kristina Lian, Anna LaMacchia and Shayna Block.

“I enjoyed this project a lot,” said Anna LaMacchia. Her feelings of excitement run through all of the children.
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