In Trying To Capture The Moment, Do We Risk Missing It Altogether?

from the watch-the-moment,-not-the-screen-of-your-camera dept

Earlier this year, in writing about a musician complaining about fans with mobile phones in the audience, we noted that he seemed to be overreacting, but did raise some interesting points about whether people get so focused on documenting an event that they miss experiencing it. Now a columnist at the Toronto Globe & Mail, Ivor Tossell, makes a similar point in worrying about the effort he goes through to capture "events" like beautiful sunsets, when he's not even sure what to do with the photos afterwards. While much of the column focuses on the question of whether or not these digital momentos will last at all, an equally reasonable question is how many special moments are "lost" in the effort of trying to capture them with recording equipment.

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    Rob, 3 Sep 2008 @ 6:43am

    Re: Perception

    The post on perception above is spot-on. Taking a photograph is trivial. Getting a photo that really conveys the sense of the moment is a much tougher task. I have tons of photos that I think of as complete failures because they just don't come close to capturing the feeling I had when I made them.

    I once had the good fortune to experience a night-time launch of the space shuttle from about as close as you can get. During the countdown I checked and re-checked the camera, worrying about getting the shot. In the final seconds of the countdown, with everything ready to go, I just decided that I didn't want to watch this event through a viewfinder. I stepped back from the camera and just immersed myself in the moment, and to this day I'm glad I did. I noticed all sorts of things I never would have seen otherwise, and that I have never seen anyone else capture on film.

    It's good to get some photos, but take a few moments out to just take in the experience of whatever it is you are shooting.

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