Steve McCurry is there when play erupts, is in full exuberant swing. These joyous images bear witness to play's universal beat. By nature it shines a bright light wherever it is allowed to flourish.
Kids look awesome when they’re playing, having fun. The movements, gestures and sounds are a universal language. Here are a few photos to share through the generosity of flickr members who use Creative Commons licenses for their work. I hope you’ll enjoy these faces of play.
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Happy Face – Playing in the Fields; Photo credit – Joseph Andie R Lamug; Source; Creative Commons .
Child Play – Madagascar, child playing with a automobile made of carrot and other vegetables; Photo credit – Michele Molinari; Source; Creative Commons.
On the Run – Bangalore, India; Photo credit- Syed Nabil Aljunid; Source; Creative Commons.
Just having fun… – Guizhou, China; Photo credit – Sung Ming Whang; Source; Creative Commons
Superman and friends playing with bubbles – Seattle, USA; Photo credit – wonderlane; Source; Creative Commons
Boys Playing Stickball, Havana, Cuba, 1999; Photo credit – Cliff; Source; Creative Commons.
Playing; Photo credit – Michel Di Feliciantonio; Source; Creative Commons.
J.O.Y. B.O.Y.; Photo credit – Vinoth Chandar; Source; Creative Commons.
Woooo…; Photo credit – Mads Bødker; Source; Creative Commons.
Share a play face or two, or three within your social networks. Grab one from here – they all have creative commons licenses – or take one of your own images and share it around. Play faces are infectious, they make people smile.
Earlier this month, PlayGroundology posted a video of Hungarian youth refurbishing a neglected and unloved playground. If you haven’t read the post or watched the short video, take a peek here. It’s uplifting to see this playspace come alive again through the efforts of a group of young people.
Playgrounds in such a derelict state are few and far between. Click here for a Hungarian Playgrounds flickr gallery – slides, sculptures and handcrafted wood.
Thanks again to flickr photographers who allow their work to be shared in galleries.
What a pleasant surprise last night when I discovered that the Flickr blog had featured some photos curated by PlayGroundology in a flickr gallery entitled Swedish Aesthetic.
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The appearance of PlayGroundology‘s curated photos in the Flickr blog was absolutely effortless on my part. Given that I was oblivious to it all, it was actually less than effortless. It all came to pass through standard social media sharing. Florida blogger and friend, Meg Rosker – Let Children Play, simply tweeted the link to the Swedish Aesthetic gallery to @flickr and the flickr folks took care of the rest. Thanks Meg and thanks too to flickr’s Kay Kremerskothen for making these photos available to a wider audience.
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I never tire of thanking the photographers who post their images to flickr. Curating photos using the gallery function is nothing short of a gift.
There has been a surge, a large uptick of visitors to this particular gallery. Some have sent kind words offering to take playground photos in their countries to share with the readers of PlayGroundology. I’ll be taking them up on this great offer.
There are more great playground photos – 13 PlayGroundolgy curated galleries worth right here. One of my favourites is Kids at Play.
PlayGroundology is interested in creating a photographic resource of playgrounds across Canada. This is an opportunity to do an image round-up, celebrate unique playscapes and installations and perhaps explore regional differences.
Parc Chalifoux, Sorel – Quebec
You can participate as long as you have a flickr account and images of Canadian playgrounds and playscapes. Simply add your photos to Playgrounds in Canada. Please no playground manufacturers.
St Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick
Keep clicking great playground shots and give a thought to sharing them with Playgrounds in Canada on flickr.
If you have questions about Canada’s Playground Photo Project drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.