This morning while I was watching TV . . . trying to wake up, someone showed a picture of a little girl who had had her picture taken. Let me just say, she was less than happy about it! The host of this particular show made the comment that, maybe we are too camera happy, that we are taking too many pictures of our children and they are tired of it. At first I thought, really, kids love to have their picture taken! Then I remembered a picture I had taken of my granddaughter a week ago. I told her to smile, and after about ten attempts, this is one of the pictures I got! I know, it's scary!!
Now, no one can tell me that this child was loving me taking her picture! She is an adorable little girl, but I think that kids are just burned out when it comes to having their photos taken so often.
When my children were small, we didn't have a camera, so the only pictures I have are the pictures that were taken by someone else. When we finally did get a camera, the film was expensive, so we were very careful about how many pictures we took. I have wonderful memories of my children, on and off film. I can remember the way they looked when they were small, those first wobbly legs, their first birthdays, the good days and bad. And for now, I am able to recall them to memory anytime I want to. Do I wish I had taken more photos? Of course I do, but sometimes, I think we are not enjoying the moment, we are just trying to document it.
Psychologist Maryanne Garry of the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand says that taking too many photos undermines the way people form memories. Her published research says that photography can manipulate both our memories and subjective interpretations of lived experiences. "I think that the problem is that people are giving away being in the moment,"
I agree with her. How many of us have thousands of photographs on our computer that we never look at? Sometimes I go back and look at them, and to be quite honest with you, I can't even remember taking some of them . . . I was giving away being in the moment.
Do I love taking photos? Yes! Will I continue to take photos and post them on my blog? Yes! But, I think I will be more careful about when I take photos. Maybe I will take random photos of my grandchildren . . . after the pose, that is where the real action is after all!
Just food for thought . . .
Have a wonderful Day!