Stop taking photos. I’ve been sorting through photos for days and still haven’t actually looked at all the photos I took on this holiday. The strange thing is that there are entire stretches where my batteries were flat, I left the camera at the hotel and all manner of reasons why I had half days all throughout the trip where I didn’t have a camera and I still managed to take far too many photos.
The thing that really gets me though is that I don’t actually look at my photos. I have a few up around the house from various trips and times and they are lovely but I don’t go through photo albums or look at any saved pictures. I didn’t when I went to Thailand and I haven’t from any of the holidays I’ve had in Australia, so why do I keep taking photos?
I think it comes down to freezing a moment. If you see something then you’ll remember it but the memory gets hazy quickly. If you see something, line up a photo, frame it and press click you have far more chance of remembering what you saw. Possibly.
I guess the other problem is that most things look better in reality than they ever will in the photo. There are so many other sensations of sound and smell and just the presence of the place that they photo just doesn’t capture. It can’t capture how you felt standing in that place at that time. That’s probably true of any medium. Words don’t capture everything, images don’t, film doesn’t, in the end it is up to us to hold on to the memories.
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Congratulations on the award, Cassandra. Yours really is a lovely blog, so it’s well deserved!
As for the picture taking… I can sympathize! I remember a cross-Canada trip our family took many, (very many) years ago, before I had a digital camera. Getting films developed was costly and I was frugal, but because I didn’t expect I’d ever make the trip again, I decided it wouldn’t matter how many photos I took. It ended up being 19 rolls of 36mm film, all slides. We viewed the slides several times and then put them away. This spring I was sorting through a box of slides and decided I would never look at them again, and threw them out, along with several others! It was hard to do, but I have SO many old pictures I never look at.
Now I have a digital camera and I love it. I can take an unlimited number of shots, discard the mediocre ones, print or not print some and save everything on CDs and DVDs. I’m surprised at how often I pull up my iPhoto software to select a picture to accompany a blog or just to enjoy… something I couldn’t and didn’t do with the slides and other old snapshots. I think the problem was that I was trying to be too frugal and most times only took one shot of a scene or situation, only to find it didn’t turn out as well as I hoped. Now I take several from different angles, etc., and usually get at least one I love. I’ve heard that the difference between an average photographer and an exceptional one is in the number of bad shots the exceptional one never shows anyone. Probably a lot of truth to that.
Congrats on the award, Cassandra! Your blog is lovely.
I like the idea of not taking pictures — sometimes. I take a lot of photos, myself, and find I do use them. I want to have them to display, in my home or on my computer, to call up memories. It’s true, though, the photos cannot truly capture the actual experience. As much as I enjoy photos, there are times when I want the experience itself to take center stage; I don’t want to worry about the experience being upstaged by the attempt to get a good shot. I’m willing to leave the camera at home, or at least in my bag. Sometimes.
Carol, I find that about one in every ten to twenty shots I take is okay, and only about one in one hundred would I consider really good. (Don’t know if I’ve ever taken an exceptional photograph.) I love my digital camera for the same reasons you mention! I really do take (and use) a lot of photos.
Congratulations on the award Cassandra. It is well deserved as your blog is lovely. I’m honored that you thought of me when passing the award on. As for the photo taking, all I can say is that in time you will probably appreciate the photos more than you do now. It’s nice years later to be able to look at photos of how a place looked or the people we know. In my book you can never have too many photos even though you might not look at them but once a year or every few years. Just think about passing them on to the next generation too.
I took 1675pics during my trip to the US this year (2000 last year) and posted a “best of” (60) on Facebook… I call myself the “click and go” girl, lost count of how many sky/cloud/landscape-that-looks-good pictures I’ve taken… luckily with the digital version, they don’t take as much space as the previous ones (lost count also of the photo albums from the 80s to around 2005!)!
Thanks for the award…
I finally posted some photos on facebook, not a lot but enough to give the overall impression. It is difficult when I took most of my photos of the people I was travelling with and yet I can’t post them online. I have some beautiful photos that won’t ever be shared. Shame.
I definitely relate to taking too many photos. I do it all the time, I have a tendency of walking around with a camera to begin with, which is nice sometimes as I can come across unexpected things. Sometimes, I use my photos for my writing. It helps me remember a place and how it looked and how it felt. Anyway, congrat on the lovely blog award
I’m a bit like you when it comes to pictures. I don’t have a fancy camera, but do have one that’s small enough to carry easily. I’ll take pictures then forget to download them to my computer – forget about them altogether. Which, of course, reminds me I’m about to leave for another trip and haven’t downloaded old pictures or even charged up the camera. Sheesh.
Congratulations on the award. That’s really great!
I take so many pictures, it’s insane. Sometimes, I feel like I need to capture every moment and then my camera becomes full with pictures before I even know it. It takes me hours to upload them on my computer.
But, pictures do inspire me, so I guess it’s worth it!