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Toddler makes photography debut at San Francisco restaurant

on Wednesday,March 24,2010 18:03

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A new photo exhibit in San Francisco may serve as proof that true artists are born, not created.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Ruby Ellenby, 3, opened her first photography exhibition at the city's Moshi Moshi restaurant. The show features 22 eight-by-10 prints, which Ellenby shot without any help from her parents, who are also photographers.

Subjects of the photographs include a leaf on the street, a letter on the sidewalk, the underside of a table during Thanksgiving dinner and bare branches. Most of the images were captured in the city's Dogpatch and Mission Bay neighborhoods, which are near her home.

To create the collection, Ellenby used her own VTech kids' camera, and borrowed her parents' Nikon Coolpix and iPhones. Some of the photographs were modified using the iPhones' ToyCamera and Camerabag applications.

Peter Ellenby, Ruby's father, told the news source that his daughter's project showed him that "you shoot what is close to you" because she frequently targeted things that were near her height level.

The Ellenbys are selling five-by-seven copies of the prints for $40 in order to start a scholarship fund for their daughter, according to Ruby's website.

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