I went out of my house today. I went downtown to the Post Office and before heading back home I went to a museum. The exhibition was really good and I enjoyed it quite a lot. However, the thing that attracted my attention was not the stuff on he walls but the people's reactions to it.
Everyone was taking pictures!!
I sometimes do that too, but I had never really thought about it until today. I think it is a nice gesture, to try and have a keepsake of the things you are enjoying. The goal is to get an image to be able to see it at your pleasure and to share it with others. That's the whole point of sites like flickr...
The visual culture we live in demands images. We see it a lot in the blogosphere...
Everything is easier now with even cell phones that take better pictures than a digital camera. This easiness of taking pictures, I think, enriches the art of photography. Although, some would say that simple picture taking is not art, but I think it might be.
My whole concern over this is that while photography is the bestest invention in the last 200 years, its combination with mass media and technology has made it so mainstream and such a routine that we don't even appreciate it anymore.
We don't appreciate the fact that we can capture an image and have it with us forever. And neither do we appreciate the moment we are living because we are too concerned on having a memory of it.