Tonight on the way home from the opening of a photographic exhibition, which contained thoughtfully composed beautiful images, I had to slow down to allow a koala to cross the road.
Whilst seeing a koala crossing the road is not an everyday occurrence in my neck of the woods it does happen every couple of months. As I slowed the car I briefly thought I should pull over and take a photo.
Then I realised that not every moment is a kodak moment. Rather than sharing a blurry photo of a koala which would probably be running away by the time I stopped the car and got out, I thought I should just enjoy the moment.
I’m surprised at the rubbish photos people share online. It’s obvious that for those posting the photos that they mean something. The photos capture a moment but for us the viewer they are likely to be virtually meaningless. I’m perplexed by the need to photograph everything and share it online.
Back in the days of film cameras we were much more thoughtful about the photos we took. Film was expensive and the processing was not cheap. To get photos processed it could take a couple of days so you had to keep your fingers crossed that all your photos didn’t come back with the little ‘helpful’ stickers telling you your photo was over exposed.
Now with almost no effort and in under 10 seconds anyone with a smart phone and a social media account can post a photo online. But just because they can doesn’t mean they should. My personal pet peeve is when people and organisations share every photo from an event. They don’t care about the quality of the photos, if they are in focus, they post copies of virtually the same photo and they obviously don’t care if the photos are any good. Both individuals and organisations that does this just makes look like they don’t know what they are doing.
Sometimes Dear Reader is it just better to enjoy the moment, be in that moment and not worry about sharing it with your Facebook friends, Twitter or Instagram followers. Because let’s face it, just because you can take a photo of everything all the time doesn’t mean you should.
NB: there are no photos in this post especially not one of a koala running away.