“Everyone has one good photo inside him or her.”
Okay, I inserted “photo” in place of “novel” in a twist on the traditional phrase.
Is it true though?
The proliferation of relatively inexpensive mobile phones and tablets with built-in cameras has created a planet of shutterbugs. The question is, how many of these photos are artistic, fresh, and timeless?
The answer of course is that it does not matter. If your photos mean something to you and you enjoy them, they are relevant.
One person’s treasure…
But in addition to taking a lot of photos, we are sharing a lot more photos. In my grandparents’ day, folks only occasionally dragged out their rotary slide projector and proudly “treated” their after-dinner guests to the dreaded vacation photos.
Now, we get to see everyone’s beloved images via Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram, etc. in virtual real-time, all the time. (If I never see another photo of an aesthetically arranged dinner plate or neon colored cocktail, I’ll still be at peace when I pass on.)
At least it’s easier today to quickly escape from the onslaught of images via the click of a mouse.
I am a camera?
Something that rattles me a bit more though is that since everyone is taking photos, many of the pictures we snap include images of others taking photos. Every third person seems to be holding some sort of photographic contraption in mid-air arranging his or her next shot.
Does this seem unnatural? Do you think it mars your photos? We rarely see individuals or a crowd spontaneously in motion anymore—so many of us are in documentation/record mode.
Natural is a subjective term, of course.
In the 1800s, some folks complained when telephone poles with their gaggle of connecting overhead wires first appeared along the streets, marring the formerly unfettered view. Today of course, these poles and wires are rarely noticed unless disturbed in a vehicle collision or by severe weather.
Perhaps I must reluctantly accept that seeing others snapping away with their devices in the background or foreground of my photos is the new natural. After all, I’m taking photos too.
But I have a feeling it won’t be long before Google Glass and other futuristic technology—with more subtly integrated photographic features—catch on so everyone can thankfully appear “natural” again.
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So what about you?
Do you find it vexing when others taking photos appear frequently in your photos?