Tuesday, January 15 2013 08:19

Through the Eyes of a Child: Pictures taken with a Fisher-Price Camera...

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When I was a kid, my parents got me a Fisher-Price Camera that was manufactured by Kodak and took real 110 film. I remember that camera being built really well, with a protective coating and rubber corner bumpers to protect it from the inevitable drops to the floor it would receive over the years. In 1984, it was a big deal to take pictures, have to take the film to get developed, and then wait a week or more to see the results. Fast-forward nearly 30 years, and my daughter now has her own Fisher-Price camera, albeit a digital device that allows unlimited photo-taking with instant results.

Addie snapping pictures...About a year ago, Addie received the Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera as a gift.  Since that time, she's been snapping pictures regularly, often deleting some on her own ("to take more!" she says) along the way. Over the weekend, the camera needed a battery change, and after swapping the power, I decided to dump the camera's internal memory onto my computer. There were over 800 photos on there, and as I went through them I couldn't help but be captivated. They were a fascinating look at what my little girl sees on a daily basis.

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Within one afternoon after dumping the memory, Addie had already taken 74 more pictures. I was looking forward to checking them out until I heard a series of beeps coming from the next room. "You don't have to delete those," we told her. "But I want to take more," she said...

As for the camera that I had as a child? While it's long-gone, I found this vintage commercial on YouTube:
Check out a full gallery of photos taken by my 3-year-old daughter on The Rock Father Facebook Page. Click here to view!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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