With our 2016 submission deadline (December 3rd) quickly approaching, we’re interviewing enthusiastic young artists who have been fantastic role models exploring, sharing and loving photography.

Meet David (Age 11), a young photographer who has been exploring with Imagine A Show for a number of years….

When did you first start taking photos?

I’m not exactly sure when I started taking photos. I was little. When we would travel I would see parents take photos of everything and I wanted to try to take photos myself.

Why do you enjoy taking photos?

I enjoy taking photos because I feel like I can go back later and look at the pictures I have taken and re-live what happened based on the memory of when I took the photo.

What do you enjoy taking photos of?

I mostly enjoy taking photos of animals or statues– or statues of animals because they don’t move and you can get different angles. I also like just taking photos of things I think are interesting

What camera(s) do you use?

When I want to take a special picture I used a Canon. It’s our family’s camera.

How did you first learn about Imagine A Show?

My mom told me about it and showed me a pamphlet. My sister wanted to participate and I thought it would be fun too.

How long have you been involved?

I’ve been involved from the start so I think that’s 4 years.

What have you enjoyed about the project so far?

I really enjoy going to the places where they’re all hung up because I love seeing people react to the pictures. And I was thrilled to see my picture hanging up big because it’s a chance I would not have without Imagine A Show. I really like how they let everyone be involved and they hang up the pictures in so many different places so lots of people can see all of them. The book is something we will have for a long time and it’s fun to show our grandparents.

Why should youth participate in Imagine A Show?

It’s a really great experience and it teaches you about photography and you never look at pictures the same way again. You don’t need to worry because everyone is nice.

Do you have any tips for other young and aspiring photographers?

I’m a young photographer so I need the tips!
But if I had to give advice I would say don’t be stressed about it and have fun.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

It’s great!