So simple, your mother could do it, photo-style!

I said this on chat:

Mary: There should be some kind of photoessay on that.
Mary: Kids watching their mothers do complicated geeky stuff.

Sure, why not, let’s do that. You have a fortnight, until comments close, to post a link to a photo of a mother doing something decidedly not simple, with her child (of any age) in the shot. In a fortnight, assuming we get some, I’ll do a second post with selected photos.

Note: please have the explicit consent of everyone in the photo who is capable of giving it, or of their guardian if not, to have their photo posted on the web in this context.

Here’s a form to copy and paste into comments:

URL to my photo (either directly or a gallery page):

Description of photo (eg “2 year old Samson watches his mother Martha do electrical checks on the space shuttle”, pseudonyms fine):

I have the permission of everyone in the photo (or in the case of young children, their guardian) to have this photo posted on Geek Feminism in the “So simple, your mother could do it” series.

Delete whichever isn’t true:
I am the photographer and rights-holder.
The photographer and rights-holder is INSERT NAME HERE, and gives their permission for this photo posted on Geek Feminism in the “So simple, your mother could do it” series.

[Optional] The photograph has the following licence:

Comments on this post will be visible so that people can see and perhaps be inspired by each other’s photos but there will be another post in a fortnight or so with a roundup.

11 thoughts on “So simple, your mother could do it, photo-style!

  1. Lindsey Kuper

    I like this idea a lot. Consider also accepting photos that don’t include the child in the shot, but instead are taken by the child. I’m imagining, oh, for instance, a photo of a mom playing the cello in an orchestra concert. Or of a professor giving a lecture to her class. It’s going to be hard to get the kid into the shot for performance-like things.

    1. Mary Post author

      Sure, if someone wants to do those, send them in. (Make a note that that’s the situation, otherwise it’s just “a mother doing something” which isn’t quite what I’m imagining.)

  2. Irina

    Ooh, I wish I’d had a daughter along (they’re all teenagers) when I installed Linux on a friend’s computer. Not that there was much to see except two grey-haired women sitting around waiting for the installer to finish and eating cream cakes.

  3. Mommy

    My adult son still sometimes asks me to write him little scripts and stuff, and I always add something like “For my little cutie from his Mommy!” in the comments.

    I don’t have any pictures of it, but I’m pretty sure I look like that 4chan U MAD face when I do it. Would that be sufficient as a submission?

  4. Ajnabieh

    This is an excellent idea! Are you only looking for tech-y “difficult things,” or a broader conception? I’m pretty sure I have a picture of me doing ethnographic fieldwork while wearing my son in the baby carrier…

  5. cheshire

    I love this, I have just emailed mum (a microbiologist) if we have any photos of her and me at work. I really hope we do.

  6. Sara Lamm

    URL to my photo (either directly or a gallery page): http://www.flickr.com/photos/15739844@N07/sets/72157627132299176/

    7-month-old Obi has some milk while his mother Sara and her friend Mary make a documentary film.

    I have the permission of everyone in the photo (or in the case of young children, their guardian) to have this photo posted on Geek Feminism in the “So simple, your mother could do it” series. Yes

    I am the photographer and rights-holder.

  7. Heather Demarest

    URL to my photo: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/710AIcxKxgGXtC1cd_vHqw?feat=directlink

    Description of photo: Here’s a photo of me, six months along in my pregnancy, replacing the door hinge on our car.

    I have the permission of everyone in the photo (or in the case of young children, their guardian) to have this photo posted on Geek Feminism in the “So simple, your mother could do it” series.

    I am the photographer and rights-holder.

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