I’ve always had a passion for
taking pictures; especially with people I love, for sentimental value. Between
Instagram, Snap Chat and all the social media networks, I feel like the focus
has shifted drastically from preserving actual memories to forcing them.
Not too long ago, we used to take a
few pictures on special occasions and not see them until they were developed.
Nowadays we take a picture, look at it, adjust our posture or the angel, fake a
smile and retake it again and again. All while contemplating in the backs of
our minds which social network it will end up on and what’s the smartest
caption to use. Being distracted for what you think is a few seconds, time is
lost along with that moment that is gone forever. Think about it; can you live
the same moment twice? No not really, not even if you snap a picture.
I’m not saying let’s stop taking
pictures altogether; photography is one of the most beautiful ways to cherish
memories. However, it’s also nice to “unplug” every once in a while. On the
last vacation we went on, I decided to do a little experiment. No I didn’t keep
my camera at home, I love photography too much. I decided to take only a few
pictures, only after I take a moment in and enjoy it, and also not to post
anything while on the trip. Yes it was a challenge. From snapping every
mediocre moment of my day to holding back posting the breathtaking views of the
beautiful island of Antigua was torturous to say the least. But I got through
it. I have to say it was one of the most relaxing trips of my life, and I had
the most gorgeous pictures to share!
Pause. Smell the air. Feel the sand
in your hands. Appreciate the beauty of your surroundings and the presence of
the people around you. If you are alone, be proud of your ability to take this
moment for yourself without the need to prove anything to anyone. That way,
when you look back at a photo, you remember the wonderful feelings and not only
the lens of the camera.
I have to warn you, if you do decide to do this
experiment, you will start noticing the overwhelming amount of people taking
selfies and snapping every second of the day. Just remember you are not missing
out, they are.