We’ve all no doubt seen the growing trend of everyone using their cameras more and more. Thanks to our smart phones now having pretty amazing cameras inside them, we’re all taking more and more photos. This is a good thing. I love going back through all my photos after an event.
I’ve just returned from Portugal where I attended my brother-in-laws wedding. It was a fabulous beach wedding that was truly amazing. And, since the wedding it has been great to relive the moments thanks to all the photos we took—and the video too.
I love this. I love the ease at which I can show other people our photos and let them have a taste of what I’m experiencing as well. There are so many positives that I can find with this proliferation of photo taking.
But there is a downside I’m noticing more and more too. We are so busy taking photos of all the moments we experience that we’re actually missing the moments themselves. We are so focused on capturing a moment to savour later that we miss out on truly experiencing and enjoying what’s happening whilst it actually happens.
This makes me sad. And I’m as guilty as anyone. I’ve already found myself failing to fully savour moments with my new born baby because I’m so busy trying to capture that first smile on camera to share with others.
I’m not suggesting we do away with our cameras. Far from it. But it is something we should at least think about. So much inspiration is found by fully entering into moments and experiencing them deeply. If we end up totally experiencing life through the lens of our camera we run the risk of missing out on so much of life.