Recently there has been an uprising in the anti-camera movement. A completely justified movement at that. While the argument that photographs help us remember something; this often isn’t the case for months – even years – after the photograph was taken.
Smithsonian magazine has gone as far as suggesting studies show that people taking a
photo remember less of the moment than those who are enjoying it technology-free. In fact studies show that by taking a photo we ‘outsource’ our memory and subsequently recall less details than those who simply just observed. Not to mention, nothing is more concerning than seeing people watching a sunset in an exotic country through technology.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place for photographs to be taken and travel is the best place for it; we just need to step back for a moment and take in what we see. We don’t want to fall into the trap LivandLeen cover in their blog – taking photos of memories we never had.
If you find yourself guilty of living life through filters, it is not too late to change.
Take note of these four tips – although there are thousands of ways to stop living through the camera, these are the four I found most useful:
- Step back from the camera, leave your cellphone in your pocket and breathe – Look around you. What do you see? Take in the view and be thankful for that moment before you start lining up the perfect scenery shot for Instagram.
- Leave your camera in the hotel room – One day without it wont be the end of the world. Who knows, you might find something you never would have noticed before; the world is just as pretty without a thing in front of your face.
- Take some time to talk with the locals – Not only will you learn something the tour guides wouldn’t tell you, but you might even find they are willing to give you some pointers on where to go. Often the adventures off the beaten track are those worth remembering.
- Food isn’t photo-worthy (usually) – Keep the table a phone-and-camera free zone. No one particularly cares too much about what you had for breakfast unless it is exceptionally stunning.
However, there is a time and a place for everything and Gary Arndt’s blog post explains why taking photos on your travels is important.
Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear what you think – is taking photos detrimental to a travel experience, or can they enhance it?