Live In The Moment or Capture It?
Lately I've been thinking a lot about my 'addiction' to technology and to social media. I recently went on a camping trip with my friends and, before I left, I decided I would leave my phone off for the weekend.
At one point over the weekend, as we took shelter from the rain under a canopy, I was sitting with two friends and none of us had our phones. We talked, we laughed, we played 'Go Fish' and we had a great time! None of us were distracted by anything. We had genuine, engaging conversation and good, old-fashion fun.
But now, looking back, I'm sad I don't have a million pictures and videos to remember the weekend. But, should I be sad?
Today, one of my favorite photagraphers, Paul Nicklen, posted a photo of a sunset on Instagram with the caption:
"For me, it is at this moment that I grab a couple of quick shots, sit down, put my camera away, lean back against a rock on the shoreline, put my hands behind my head and soak it all in. Some of my best photographs have been taken with just my eyes."
Here is one of the best photographers in the world saying that at some of the best moments, he puts his camera away to just appreciate the view.
When we do things such as travel, go camping, go to concersts, etc., we are doing it for ourselves to enjoy, not for our followers to 'like.' Why are we always so torn between living in the moment and capturing it? I have seen too many bad concert videos of someone trying to record and sing along at the same time.
Social media and technology are inevitable in today's world, but I think we should all make an effort to take a couple of quick shots and put our cameras away.
Seeing the world through a lens is great and having photographs to look back on is important - but not if you didn't soak it all in the first time around.
Put your phone down and look at the view so that when you post that stunning photo on Instagram later you will be able to say "you should've seen it in real life (heart-eyes emoji)."