Young Photographers Turn Their Lenses On LoveIn February, we asked members of NPR's Backseat Book Club to send in photographs of the people and places they love. This gallery is just a small sampling of the hundreds of beautiful submissions we received.
In February, the young readers in NPR's Backseat Book Club read Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai. In the book, a boy named Fadi finds his voice — and the chance to find his lost little sister — through photography. Since Shooting Kabul is all about places, people and photographs, we asked you to send us photographs of the people and places you love. The gallery below is just a sampling of the hundreds of beautiful submissions we received. You can see more here.
Jean-Marie Toher, 14: This is a photo of my cousin, Jamie, looking through one of those binocular machines that you always see on the boardwalk. Jamie is 6 and came to visit my family while we were on a family vacation on Long Beach Island, N.J. I just love this picture. It makes me laugh.
Tara Blossom, 11: This is my little brother Tejas. He was almost 3 years old when I took this picture. I love this photo because he looks really sweet and happy, not his usual "tyrant" self. I was 8 1/2 when he was born and it's been great to see him grow up.
Sam Maloney, 11, Rochester, N.Y.: His mom writes: Sam was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old. ... Sam was having difficulty with reading and writing so I gave Sam a camera. ... What I didn't expect was how Sam took good photos. Sam is now reading on a second-grade level.
Ethan Rogers, 12: I have been collecting wrestlers for many years. When my mom gave me my first camera, they were the first thing I wanted to photograph.
Stephen Boyd, 12: I took this picture in New York city. I like that the mirror in the storefront reflects the buildings and the street and me taking the picture!
Carolina Fraser, 11: This picture is special to me because it shows one of my favorite places, Green Lane, Pa., and my brother, Perry, fishing, which is one of my favorite things to do.
Hannah Balducci, 14: This photo is very important to me, because it's an image of my grandfather. I think we have a very special relationship. I love all the time we spend together — from ballroom dancing to cooking — and I feel as though this photo captures him well.
Lola, 10: This is a picture I took of my little sister last year at my stepdad's college reunion at Brown.
Paige M., 9: We were on a family boat trip around the Balearic Islands in June 2011. The reflection of my friend's glasses is what makes this picture so interesting.
Jonathan Dole, 13: This is my dog, named Sadie. I love her and I love taking photos of her.
May Goar, 9: This photo is filled with things I love. My grandparents' farm is in Northern California. I love to visit them. They have a giant swing that makes you feel like a bird flying. My brother looks like he is excited and my mom is smiling, watching us. When I look at this picture I feel happy because it reminds me of many fun visits to the farm.
Isabel Owen, 13: This is a photograph that I took of one of my best friends, Megan. I took this in the park, 'round the corner from my house. I think it really captures her persona. I've known her for so long, since kindergarten, and she means so much to me.
Matthew Cerezo, 6: His dad writes: Matthew received a camera for Christmas last year. He took this photo of his brother David while on the road to Chicago. Matthew and David both love the Muppets.
Aaron Snyder, 11: I took this picture of a lion at the Washington Zoo when I was 9. I like this picture because I took the picture at the right instant, when the lion's mouth was gaping open.
Daisy Williams, 6: This is my 7-year-old sister, Lily. We love walking in our neighborhood.
Violet, 6: This is a picture of my lovey, Roosevelt the cat, deep in thought. She likes to have her picture taken.
Aaron Cohen, 14, Charlottesville, Va.: This is my brother, Eli. This photograph is one of my favorites, because it has so much emotion.
Orion Kai, 8: I took this picture in Volunteer Park in Seattle on one of my favorite days I've ever had with my family. I can look at the flowers in a different way than my mom, because I'm shorter.
Arghya Roy, 8, Tarrytown, N.Y.: Here is a pic of me and my sister, Yagyesha, 5 years old, reading in my favorite spot in the world — our parents' bed. It is my favorite because it is so comfy!!!!
Molly Duttry, 14: This is a picture of my sister jumping in front of a sunset at Ocean Shores, Wash. The ocean is one of my favorite places in the world.