Whenever I get the chance, I take photos of my kids in their happy moments, like when they finally learned how to whistle, or visited a place they’ve never been to, or simply eating a cupcake. I believe it is in this age that happiness is pure and simple. Something they’ll love looking back to when they grow up.
When you’re a child, happiness is found everywhere, from a piece of paper, a flower, a drop of rain, or a cupcake. As we age, happiness becomes more and more complicated that we no longer understand it. Maybe it’s time we change the way we see happiness, see it from the eyes of a child. I remember a story I read on the web about John Lennon’s childhood:
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
Happiness does not depend on what you have or what you don’t have. Kids make do with what they have and play with it. They build their own toys, make their own fairy tale stories, they make new friends. Kids quarrel too but it does not last long, they fight today and enjoy each others company few minutes after. There are no gray areas everything is in black and white.
I once saw young girl during our trip to Bukidnon who was walking on her way home and we were going the same way. She was smiling and started to conversation. Despite her hand-me-down bag and uniform, worn-out slippers she chose to be happy. I would have taken a photo her but I had to unpack my bag and get my DSLR and she said she is in a bit of hurry because she’ll be playing with her friends before the sun goes down.
I would have captured the little girl’s happiness in black and white if I had my camera ready and it would have been better if I have a Leica or a Huwaei P9. The P9’s camera is co-developed by Leica and has two sensors, one for color and the other monochrome. The image it produces has better quality and it performs better in low-light compared to other smart phone cameras. You can create amazing photos like a pro with its slo-mo, light painting photos, star trail, and other features that the camera offers.
The little girls has happiness all over her and her happiness is raw which makes it very contagious. It would be nice to have a Leica in your pocket to capture happiness in full color or monochrome with Huawei P9. I’ll leave you with a song that perfectly explains how we should change the was we see happiness.