When National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey posted an image of his son Hawkeye on his Instagram account, he had no idea what would happen.
The picture showed Hawkeye wearing goggles in a sandstorm, clutching his Fuji Instax 210 camera and looking into distance for something to take a picture of, resulting in many calls for Aaron to post his son’s work.
Rather than post on his own account, Aaron set up a brand new Instagram account for the four-year-old, where he now has more than 36,000 followers.
Aaron comes up with special assignments for his son, which included a visit to a squatters camp in southern California; a place where “circus kids, vagabonds, travelers of all kinds” live.
“It was great for Hawkeye to meet these people and see another way of living,” Huey said.
Instant photography is pricey, but Aaron says spending the money on real film for Hawkeye is important."It turns each photo into a genuine interaction, into a conversation. Everyone is smiling when Hawkeye walks away.”
Hmph, we guess our Mammy was too busy wailing about the cost of us leaving the immersion on to buy us a Polaroid camera then…