I may be wrong (and I usually am), but I reckon there are a huge number of people out there, who have never known life without the internet, or ‘smart’ (and I use the word advisedly) phones.
I remember, for example, when the news was only on a few times a day, and most information needed to be looked up in a real live book – with pages and everything…… some of us even had a set of encyclopaedias in the house…..
Now though, we have a 24 hour rolling news, which repeats itself every hour or so, with them looking frantically for new things to talk about all the time. No matter how trivial or banal.
Photography is going the same way. “Quick quick” they yell, get that image sorted NOW! Don’t wait and see how it works, just post it for the most ‘likes’….
Don’t hold anything back…
Oftentimes, I go out (and this mostly when I’m on my own), and I can spend a long time just looking, and this before I even get the camera out of the bag, never mind press the shutter button.
Whilst I was out at the beach the other day – I stood staring at the sky, the dunes, and the sea – the smell of salt air was all around, and the wind was lifting my hair. Clouds scudded across the sky, and I waited, breathed, and watched. Gulls wheeled about, and redshank skittered around the water as the tide receded.
Next to me, a lady wandered up. “What are you doing?” she asked…. “Nothing”, I said, “just watching”.
“Why?” she asked “Are you not taking any photographs?”. “I will, eventually” I said, and she wandered off, obviously confused, back to the car, after taking one quick shot with her phone.
Taking photographs, making music, writing – you have to be ‘in the zone’, and it may take time to get there. Once in though, it’s a delight – time goes past, and fast, and before you know it – it’s time to walk home for tea…..
I see this a lot, with folks not taking the time to really look, smell, taste, experience the when of where they are. They miss the sounds, and sensations beyond the narrow view of a car window. They can be in a place of amazing beauty without actually really being there. When we don’t pay attention to our surroundings, we may as well not go in the first place.
Autumn is well and truly underway now – the leaves are turning, and it’s time to get out and look at this new season. Who knows what the coming weeks will bring…..
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Ive had that conversation .I sat at the top of a hill on a wall looking at an amazing view .Box of sarnies flask of coffee just looking and picking different things out that you had to look for to see .Cars were pulling up one jumps out quick photo back in the car and gone .No standing and observing and you have been to Ireland you know what amazing views can be had .Everything and everybody seems to be in too much of a hurry .Mind you being retired i tend not to hurry now ever lol .
As soon as I think it’s safe to do so, I’m coming back over to Ireland. I need some different places to stand and stare……. I know you love it there Graham, it was a great thing for you to do.
well if you come to Kerry make sure you visit lol
Graham, it’s on my radar to get over to Ireland next year……. watch this space……
Like these thought and they are so right, we spend far too much time racing about and not taking in the finer details, were we are taking a pictures, you are so right in standing and listening and taking in the atmosphere and smells so often missed. Lovely article in the Sunday Express today hi-lighting the wonderful Lincolnshire Alps ( Wolds ) and beaches. Un discovered county and long may it last. Thanks for your blog
I’ve not seen that article. Can you get me a copy please? I’d like to read it…..