Cellphones and social media may be changing the way we engage in — and experience — life. We need to be concerned if they have come to define how we live, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.
One of the many reasons why I have so few photos of my life in Australia: I’m way to busy living it. These moments are too good to interrupt them by recording them. If anyone has seen the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in that scene near the end with Sean Penn who plays a documentary photographer says about not capturing a once in a lifetime photograph, “Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.”
That’s the change that’s happened to me over the past year.
And from the linked article, “Instead of fully engaging with this most spectacular natural phenomenon, people chose to look at it from behind their cameras.” I find that terribly sad. I find it terribly sad that I missed so many moments by trying to record them. Think about it, who are we really recording these moments for? I had a friend a number of years ago that said he never took vacation photos. His vacation was his, and he was not going to waste his time recording it for someone else. Everyone has a professional grade camera these days, and with people taking so many photos, there is this overwhelming amount of visual information out there. I felt the importance of my craft diminish and my reason to participate in it wane.
This is not to say that I’ll never be taking photographs again. I still feel very strongly about telling stories and continue to make documentaries with Wandering Cameras. But not everyone needs to know about everything that happens to me. I don’t need to share everything.