So I was told, the oldest person who came to build a water boat was 65, and I am the second oldest person, and the rest were children around 5 – 12 years old, very likely less than 15 years old.
Why should I stop making things and being creative after the age of 15? That’s the reason I signup on spot to make a sailing boat with these kids surrounding me. I don’t feel shy or ashamed. I’ve not build a boat before, but I’ve fold paper boat when I was young, applied little bit of soap behind the paper, and it will sail.
Is it because it is admirable when you achieve something big when you’re young, and after that people just think oh you’re in your twenties and thirties, so being able to draw, bake, snapping photos, are expected to be able to do so.
The other day, Flickr was celebrating 20 photographers under 20 years old. Personally, I think pointing out the age “under 20” was overrated, though they really take awesome photos, but somehow I feel the hidden untold message can be perceived as:
Whatever you do, achieved it when you're young!
People will look at you and amazed,
because you're bloody young and snap awesome photos!
But the thing is, many awesome photographers I personally knew, didn’t have a camera until they are at least 25 years old, because when they were young, parents couldn’t afford a camera, and it’s not until they started working and save up money for a camera.
Nobody would celebrate their achievements or make a fuss about it, just because they are not under 20.
Anyway, I find it extremely intrigued by the creativity and stylishness that children had put in to build their water boat. They came up with endless ideas and combinations to decorate their boat, each significantly differs from one other!
And then, I realised I’ve stopped being creative, and let my brain run wild. I admire their bravery and imagination, putting both at work to bring their “dream” boat to reality. I love the childlike creativity, but not restricted by age. If you get what I mean…….
Once finished building the boat, it’s time to let’em sail! They had a big tank of water in front of the workshop, and a big announcement is made before the boat is released to the tank for its first sail! So cute and touching~
This is my boat! Simple, clean, and a pirate P flag. But I lost my flag when I took it home, must have dropped it somewhere. *sigh*
NikonFM ＊ Fujicolor 400
Spring, Sept 2014
Royal Adelaide Show