I’ve stolen this title from a podcast that I listen to, where the talk was about being digitally quiet as well as physically quiet.
This came from the fact that, (for reasons that are unimportant) I put Facebook back onto my mobile phone as a temporary measure. I’d deleted the app over 12 months ago, but every now and again wished it had been there – and yesterday I put it back on for one day – and I wish in some ways I hadn’t.
We went to the Festival of the Air in Cleethorpes and I’d had this idea that I could post to FB a video of the kite flying – which was incredible by the way…..
What I found was that I got to looking at other things rather than just posting the video, and a couple of photos. It became a huge distraction, as I became more bothered about the upload, than I was about what was going on around me. In the end I uploaded a photo or two – and the video, and then deleted the app again – it was just too much for me to deal with, AND absorb what was going on around me.
Once again, I noticed the number of people (this time including me for a while) who were watching the parade, the kites and all the other attractions through the small screen of their phones – almost like it was a sin to watch the real thing with their own eyes.
I don’t think I take enough time really to stop and look. There’s too much digital noise going on, and sometimes I feel I’m being dragged into directions I don’t want to go.
I’m an advocate of playing around though – I think that it’s essential to take time off from the serious bit of photography. So this weekend – apart from the Facebook distraction – I decided to play with the images – I took them just because it was interesting to me, and not because they were truly ‘artistic’ in any way.
I call it photographic doodling. It’s a great way of limbering up the artistic juices (of which I’ve been sadly lacking for weeks and weeks) – It’s the process of playing around, and not the result. It’s been good to just mess about, and see what comes out.
Facebook has been removed from my phone, and I hope will never, ever, get put back on again, I need the peace and quiet after all….