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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    Henry Mu, 3 Sep 2008 @ 6:53am

    Smile, Ummm, Wait a Moment... Smile!

    Comments 8 and 18 rock and rule.

    My 2 cents: Why do people who have a hard time posing for still shots stop moving when you shoot video?

    I'm sure I'm not the only one who can't smile well during a posed "smile at the camera" shot. Whenever possible, I pretend that I don't know the camera is there, and the "candid" pix look a lot better that way.

    Parents and their children miss a lot when the only view that the parents ever have of big events are rectangular (no matter how hi-res) and the kids never get to look in their parents eyes!

    An eye behind a camera is as inanimate as camera itself.

    Henry M

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