Thursday, March 8, 2012
To Record or Be Present?
Is it better to record a meaningful moment with photographs and videos, or to be fully present and just experience it? I don''t believe those who say they are present while snapping away. Not completely. I enjoy things more without the burden of documenting. Even an enjoyable act such as photography can be also a burden. The screen becomes so ever-present. A layer of removal between the eyes and the world. Between the mind and others in the world. A compromise, a middle ground can be negotiated while the purity of complete presence is still tainted. Yet the benefits of images that spark brilliantly clear memories are a weighty counterbalance in this argument.