The Reason I Dislike Taking Photographs
It is a common culture in Singapore to take pictures of everything from people to food to the scenery. To be completely honest, I quite dislike this culture. Taking photographs is often seen as a way to retain memories of the past. The mind forgets, but data can be stored for an infinite period unless someone deletes it.
It is a common culture in Singapore to take pictures of everything from people to food to the scenery. To be completely honest, I quite dislike this culture. However, taking photographs is often seen as a way to retain memories of the past. The mind forgets, but data can be stored for an infinite period unless someone deletes it. A relatively reasonable rationale if not for the fact that it ruins the moment. For me at least.
Taking pictures of the moment prevents us from enjoying the current moment. Some fleeting moments you desperately managed to capture digitally end up being moments you miss experiencing first-hand. It is the same as purchasing an expensive product only to put it on display. You end up cherishing so much that you do not make the most of it.
A waste if you ask me.
The Act of Taking Photographs
We all use different cameras to capture the moment. These days, few people aside from professional photographers use cameras. Most people simply use their phone cameras since the quality of phone cameras have only been increasing as years go by.
Depending on the camera, what is captured can differ slightly. Just like how every one of us looks at reality in a different light. Despite being faced with the same realities, how we perceive them is different. Just like different cameras focus on different things better, we also tend to focus on what we, as individuals, deem important and blur out the rest. We focus on different things unconsciously. For better or for worse.
Perhaps it is not a simple matter of good or bad. Each viewpoint has their own pros and cons. Ultimately, no viewpoint can be seen as particularly inferior or superior. Everything holds a certain level of importance. Even then, the degree of importance is subjective.
Actually, is not more beneficial for everyone to be focusing on something different? It enables humanity as a whole to delve deeply into a variety of matters of interest. When people argue over the importance of different things, be it tangible or intangible, it raises the awareness of everyone. It informs others of something that they may have blurred out unconsciously.
Sometimes, we also accidentally blur out important information consciously but unknowingly. We are so worried about the small details that we fail to see the bigger picture. We get frustrated as things just don’t seem to make sense. Why? Because we do not consider how it contributes to the bigger picture.
The closer we zoom in to take a picture, the blurrier the image is. When we are looking at things so closely, we need to learn to adjust the focus. Sometimes, all it takes is a step back to view the whole picture clearly.
We may have been too eager to catch something in action that we get too close and end up being unable to see the bigger picture.
Even after going through the pains of gathering everyone and arranging them neatly, sometimes the photo fails to come out nicely. Well, it happens from time to time no matter what you are taking a picture of. Or perhaps I’m just a bad photographer.
In the end, even if it is not to our liking, we can put filters on the pictures we take or edit them in a myriad of different ways. Just like how we apply our personal bias to create the world we perceive reality to be. Just like how we twist and turn logic into something unique to each individual. Common sense to each individual begins to take a different form. Likewise, the common reality we all see is twisted to fit each individual’s range of acceptance.
Just like the inaccuracy of memories, our pictures end up becoming false images. An idealised version of what we wished the moment to be. Nothing more than a false truth meant to satisfy ourselves.
Was there really any point in taking the pictures?
At the end of the day, we feel satisfied with these pictures but are so busy continually taking new ones that we never end up scrolling through the old photos. Our phone galleries become so full of images that we never look back on. A past remembered by our phones and not ourselves.
Some pictures that are taken are even filled with nothing but false smiles and happiness.
To be completely honest, I’m okay with taking pictures of scenery. Since they will be there for me to enjoy no matter how much time passes. I can take my time to take a nice shot and then still enjoy it with my own eyes after. There are many places I cannot see on a daily basis so it helps to be able to look back on them through my phone gallery. Although, I have to admit that I have a bad habit of accumulating too many photos and never looking back at them like I mentioned in my post.
Perhaps it’s just me though. ^^”
What are your thoughts on taking pictures of people and things?