I once stayed at this amazing hotel – it was proper lush! The rooms were simple yet grand, the courtyard where we ate dinner was sublime. It was like a fairytale or a film – It was princess worthy. The food was incredible and the breakfast was equally memorable. It was during that memorable mid-bacon bite that I looked over to the next table. To my surprise, and inner weird-awkward-ness, they were filming their breakfast (they’d even brought a PanPipe moods CD to accompany the feast! You may have clocked from my CD reference that this was well before digital media really took off. The man had had to bring a camcorder/tripod/cdplayer to film his breakfast – imagine the organisation that took. This act seemed incredible back then. But now we live in a world where we could all do this (and some of us do) daily. Some of us even live stream it.
- Why do we document the less-memorable bits of life I have 514 photos on my phone – I’ve only had the phone 3 months. I’ve not been on holiday these are just everyday photos. Children looking cute, 56 selfies, random pictures of random things. I guess the randomness is my point here. Because I have access to that kind of technology I just want to click away. I take photos to show my daughter’s dad what we’ve been up to, to share funny moments with other mum-friends (mainly tantrum base material at present) and funny selfies where I have 3 chins and look far from provocative.
- Instagramming food makes your food taste better – or does it? Perhaps if the man videoing his breakfast 20 years ago were sitting here today he’d be snapping a shot of his scrambled eggs and uploading them to Instagram. Taking pictures of #foodporn has really taken off recently. A new study suggests that Instagramming food before you eat can make it tastes better. What this actually means is that taking a pause increases your enjoyment because you’re just gagging to get eating it.!
- You cannot photograph feelings – the biggest problem with Instagram surely has to be that your mind is elsewhere. When you focussed on getting the perfect picture (while ignoring your friends) and then fixating over the response – being present has got to pot. I don’t doubt the positive benefits – videos and photos can document beautiful times in our lives. My daughter will be able to see what she looked like when she was first born (although she may be less keen). My problem is that we are not present when we’re struggling to get the right angle, lighting or filter. I remember the emotion I felt when I gave birth – and that cannot be captured on film.
- We remember less Amazingly taking a photograph to help us ‘remember’ an event can actually make us remember less. Psychologist, Linda Henkel conducted a study into memory making and photography. She concluded “As soon as you hit ‘click’ on that camera, it’s as if you’ve outsourced your memory,” Which is incredibly ironic.
Our photo taking seems to have moved from memorable to mundane. I like this funny edge. Has it just become another way of communicating? I like the way we’re taking more shots of everyday life. At the same time there are people taking pictures of their ‘perfect life’. What are your thoughts – do you try to get the ‘perfect’ pic or are you trying to reflect real life? Now that would be a good filter on Instagram!
Want to reign in your photo taking? Scroll down for some super-dooper tips.
1 – be intentional – do you really want this picture?. If you only have 24 photos (like an old school camera film) would you take this shot? delete any unwanted shots to keep your device uncluttered.
2 – remember those Kodak Moments – is the moment so precious that you don’t ever want to forget it? if so, you might feel it’s worthy of a photograph.
3 – have a good ol’ fashioned slide show . remember when you used to go on holiday and then pour over your photos later ? it was all so exciting and you never knew what was going to come next. don’t insta-load them to various social media websites – why not sit down with your folks and relive the moments back home.
4 – use a camera .. i know .. i know it’s a backward step in technology terms. but if you are really into your photography you’ll probably want to indulge your hobby anyhow. the problem with using a phone is that you get distracted and end up living your life behind a screen.
5 – journal to record your favourite moments. it’s a great way to practice gratitude and you’ll be really surprised how well you can describe a place or event. you’ll capture emotions as well as views and be richer for it.