– Everything we do, we document. Every day, every trip, every event. We take pictures, of course we do. If there’s no photo, did it even happen? No matter how fake, how real, who even cares anymore. As long as we have a photo, or even better, ten to choose from…
But sometimes I wonder: do we live our lives more through a camera lens than through our eyes? –
And welcome back dear readers, I hope you had a wonderful start into 2018! For me, it started pretty well! I told you, that I wanted to start exploring a few new directions on my blog, make some changes and well I did. My blogdesign is different now and I absolutely love it! Also, this post is slightly different than what I used to write about, and I am curious to see your reaction! And now let’s get onto this, I have a lot to say!
Back to the post. Are we overflowing with pictures?
Have you ever thought about that? No matter where you look in the internet: there is a picture. Even if you walk through a city, pictures on advertisements, pictures in shops, people taking pictures on their phones…
According to > this < Buzzfeed article from 2012, 3.8 Trillion of photos have been taken ever. That is a number too big to grasp. In 2012 humans took over 380 billion pictures a year. And it wouldn’t surprise me if that number had grown a significant amount in those last five years.
What I really wonder, is, how many of these pictures do we really use 380 billion. How many of these pictures are deleted by now, how many forgotten on some random USB Stick, laptop, unseen… And how many pictures are you actually proud of?
When you look in the past, taking a photo was a whole different experience. It was expensive, and took more patience, if you messed it up, it was costly and inconvenient to take a better one. Wasting a photo to some random reason, wasn’t worth it.
Nowadays, we take so many photos to make sure that there is a good one amongst it, that it takes more time to sort photos out, than taking them. I speak from experience. I do the same thing for my blog. Of course I do, I want to get the best shots possible. And it’s so easy. So easy. And I am incredibly thankful that technology has come as far, that taking photos is so accessible for everyone. Otherwise I couldn’t use my camera as easy as I do, I couldn’t take photos whilst traveling, photos of friends and families…
But from time to time, I can’t help to think: do we really need to document every single moment?
People take photos of their lunch, their coffee (guilty), their outfit, their this and that and all of these things get published, shared, sent and a lot of them trashed. Was it worth it to take these photos? Does it even have to be worth it? It is hard to say. But we definitely swim in the number of photos taken.
When it comes to the more special times in life, we get very crazy with their cameras. Why Because we want to be able to remember it, we want to hold on to it and be able to get back to it. But not only you want to have the photo, everyone else wants access to it. I think, that there can be quite a big pressure of taking photos. It has become somewhat like a condition. If you go somewhere beautiful, if you meet someone new, if you do something special, you take photos and most importantly: you show them. If there is no photo, did it happen? I mean, why wouldn’t you take a photo of such an important moment?!
The question I ask myself though, is, that if we concentrate on documenting the moment, do we really live it? Or do we simply think we do?
I cannot give you an answer for sure to this question. I just want to throw it out there and hear your thoughts. All I know is, I take a lot of pictures because I enjoy it and I want to remember it, I want certain days and moments captured. However, I noticed that in certain special moments, those magical once-in-a-lifetime-moments, I never took out my camera. I wanted my eyes to take the picture in, not my lens.
For the most memorable moments in my life, I don’t need a photo to remember it. And for everyone else, I will use a thousand words to describe it.
I hope you enjoyed reading this a little thought-provoking kind of post. I certainly doing a little bit of research and building my opinion whilst writing. Now it’s your turn: Let me know what your thoughts are about this, I am dying to find out!
I am out and about,
Photography: “The Fir Branches ” Instagram