We are apart of the digital age who have forgotten how to see. We have so many different devices in which to capture moments on, that the urgency to look at what is playing out right in front of us, with our very own eyes is no longer there. We are looking through something as opposed to at something. When we go to places that cause us to feel an emotion, instead of letting that appreciation seep through our bodies and our minds we are already unlocking the device or devices strapped to us to screenshot or film that moment in time. Even once we have the shot we will then check and re-check it, or else shoot and re-shoot it just because we like to feel safe in the knowledge that ‘we got a good one’.
Our photos and films scream to the world that we are all living in the moment. That we live life to the fullest and that we are the funnest. You don’t know me but my picture tells you I am this. You don’t know me but my pictures make you wish that you did. We’re so caught up in this world of ever evolving technology that we’re letting it dominate our personal lives. Can you really say you saw X, Y or Z do A, B or C because you saw them actually do it, or did you just see it through a lens, so concerned that you would ‘miss it’. But that’s exactly what you did; you missed it, even if you think you caught it on camera. You weren’t really seeing it in front of you, happening in the now; you were watching it through a screen and then re watching it after.
Other people’s perceptions have become part of how we think and how we do. We wonder if ‘they’ will see this and whether it looks the way that we want it to be looking. Apps such as Snapchat and now Instagram Story only fuel the way in which we think we perceive other people’s perception. Now we don’t have to wait a certain amount of hours or days, we can upload it there and then- time is of the essence- people must see what I am doing right now! It is apparent that we as a generation like to share and the proof of that is in the stats. There is no dismissing the hundreds of millions of content that is uploaded each day.
Photographs and films really are fantastic and there is no disputing that. We are lucky that we can send photos to friends and family in an instant, giving them an inside slice of our lives, that without of which they wouldn’t have been able to see. Unforgettable memories such as a birth, or a graduation or even just a stray hilarious moment, caught by someone who happened to be holding a camera are priceless. Due to the speed at which technology is moving, we are able to see far more than we ever have before. However, in the same breath ironically we are losing actual ‘sight’ of living in the now. Instead of enjoying what real life is and allowing these memories to just become ingrained into our minds naturally, we are becoming reliant on technology to do it for us. In doing this we’re missing the real life moments that we are too busy capturing. We are there but momentarily not really; too focused on what is being caught through the lens as opposed to what is unfolding before us with our eyes.
Go places, with people and just experience them. Have moments of euphoria, happiness or hilarity between yourself and whoever was lucky enough to have been there in that instance. Have moments of euphoria, happiness or hilarity between yourself and whoever was lucky enough to have been there in that instance. Detach yourself from the systematic ‘snap ’ and ‘upload’ and just enjoy living in the present as opposed to for the past.