January 23, 2014

Are We "In The Moment" When We Celebrate?

This video has been circulating around the internet for a while now. Have you seen it?

Technology has really changed the way we interact and communicate in the past few years, and when I watched the birthday scene in this video short, it got me thinking about technology and celebrations...


 
I Forgot My Phone from Miles Crawford on Vimeo.


Are we really in-the-moment during celebrations anymore? 

Would you dare to NOT take any pictures or videos at a party and just try to BE there, making memories?

As a lover of photography, this makes me feel a little stressed, but I'm also curious about a no-technology celebration.  I spent a summer as a wedding photographer, and I've often thought it would be fun to be a special events photographer and capture the at-home birthday parties and special celebrations of others.  Especially using techniques like film or polaroid.  

What if you took a family portrait together before the celebration?

What if there was only one photo to represent a special day.  Would you put more thought into it? Would it mean more?

Food for Thought!


2 comments:

  1. I do think especially with all these phone photograph apps (and particularly being a blogger) it has become increasingly harder to be in the moment; we too often want to "capture" the moment, even though it often removes yourself from it. As a new parent, I want to try to find a balance between capturing the moments of my daughter as she grows up, and just being fully immersed in it.

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  2. Hadn't seen the video before. It is very well done. Sad to think there are people who wouldn't "get" it.
    As for celebrations, I think cell phones, etc. etc. etc. should be banned, but capturing a few pics will refresh your memory in years to come (and you will forget!) and provide family history for future generations. KD

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