Walking though the famous sites of Vienna in all the museums, churches or even concerts people are mad. They snapped and snapped. But one thing that they are not seeing is that they are not SEEING. They are mostly occupied to ensure that they can tell friends, family and facebook where they have been.
What are they really looking at? I am not sure, they are maybe not interested in looking at all but preoccupied. Preoccupied to make sure that they snapped to remember what they saw. But they have not seen anything…have they? They were not in the present moment, they were in the future. So, how can they be here and now? As thousands of people spend their time taking shots of everything, they must be zillions of photos of the same monuments. Zillions of people saying they had been to Milan, Vienna, Praha, Paris. Like me of course.
Yes, the plane took them there, but the main attraction is not where they are is their obsession with the camera, the computers, the social networks to show of. Their present experience is not. Going thousands of miles for just taking photos, manufacturer are making a fortune with the little white cameras just big enough than a matchbox. Brilliant inventions these digital little machines. Everyone has one and everyone shoots away zillions of photos that they sort them after going home. Spending hours doing so.
Before, our eyes remembered, our senses remembered, our touch remembered, our feel remembered. Now, we rely on the digital camera to witness our life , to make sense of our life, to reinforce our identity and our existence. I wonder why? What have we lost? Just a sense of being In touch with oneself and of course with the world. All gets blurred and we can say: “yes I have been there have a look” and we spend countless hours looking at the photos to remind us what good times we had…Those were the days! With regret we long to do it again. We had so much fun shooting these photos. Of course not if we are a professional photographer. The optic will be different.
Most of us are doing it for showing off, no? Am I mistaken? Well, perhaps, so what? You can disagree if you like. Not a problem. I would love to hear a counter proposition, perhaps better formulated and explained.