To borrow and bend a line from the Legendary Ferris Bueller
( Google him Tweens ),
“Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t look up from your phone once in a while you could miss it.”
As a photographer I see a lot of what happens in my life through a lens, but there have been times when friends and family have turned to me when I’ve put the camera down and asked “why aren’t you photographing this?”
As the world becomes more connected through technology we are spending too much time staring at our screens or through our cameras and not enough time actually living the moments we are trying to capture.
I see it all the time, tourists staring at monuments through cameras, guys at group sessions staring at their phones all night, concert goers missing the real joy of the music while they struggle to get a shot through the crowd, parents setting up photoshoots of their kids and then missing the real moments.
Life is real, you can taste it, smell it, touch it, hear it, and feel it. Digital screens have nothing on this and while we stare at our Instagram accounts worried we might miss something awesome or sit on our Grindr looking for something better, we miss the most awesome thing of all… our own lives.
How can I be a photographer seeking to show life if I don’t know what it really means?
So that’s why I put the camera down, because sometimes moments need to be enjoyed and lived.