Yet a celebrity rarely sees faces these days as whole crowds have mobile phone cameras pointed towards them. What's happened to living in the moment just for you? Tell your friends later. Be the one who says hi to the celeb but wants nothing more in return than a smile.
These days we often seem to be too busy sharing than actually enjoying the time right now. Are we too busy looking for validation from others rather than trusting our own judgement?
Photography can be a really enjoyable pastime but a photo can never truly take the place of actually being there: the sounds, smells, the heat and excitement. And as fun as Hipstamatic and Instagram filters can be they do not make you a better photographer.
We take photos of everything these days. Well-known paintings in a gallery are surrounded by smartphones and cameras. And instead of getting your child to constantly pose why not just enjoy being with them? Don't spoil a meal with friends by snapping every course as, unless it's your job, you are just going to annoy others both seated with you and who then see the image once you share it online. Your meal will never be that interesting. Really.
Yet it is said a picture is worth a thousand words. As we share more images and maintain more virtual relationships we probably speak less.
Live In The Moment
Don't plan another photo but really look around you and take it all in. You don't always need escapism as the here and now isn't always so bad. Take the time to talk to those you care about and don't just point a camera in their face.
Here are some tips on how to stop taking so many photos. And I'll leave the last word to this New Yorker:
So stop taking photographs of your food and just eat it. Stop dressing up so that someone will take your picture and just get dressed. At some point, we need to put the camera down and look at things with our own eyes. I guess it’s tempting to capture all that you’ve seen and experienced and it’s especially easy to do online, but resist the urge to contribute to that virtual stockpile of images and just experience the things that are right in front of your eyes, right here in the real world.