When you simply take photos of something, without fully engaging with it, you’re assuming that all you can have and take is the actual appearance of a place – rather than other creative factors that exist in the place
Some good discussion followed on Gizmodo. Bender said…
I had a similar experience with a large building demolition. I watched the whole event through a video camera viewfinder. When it was over, I felt cheated. How was watching a live video image on a camcorder any different than watching it live on TV?
…but BWGunner countered with…
Cameras not only sharpen my own focus, they also provide a real memory jog that I can’t seem to get on my own, lending more reality to the experience later on than I can provide myself.
Me? Well, if I see anyone holding banners telling people to put their cameras down, I’ll be snapping pictures of them to put on Flickr.
What do you all think? Losing the moment, or capturing it for later? Taking away from the experience, or helping you to see the detail you’d have missed otherwise?
Will there be a Picture of the Day that day?