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Forum: General Photography 12-27-2018, 07:54 PM  
Another “Put Down Your Camera” Article, This Time from The Independent
Posted By RobA_Oz
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I think the unspoken assumption in the article was that the sort of photography the writer and most people indulge in when on holiday is taking what used to be called snapshots – photos taken with minimum attention to subject or composition, let alone detail, just because it's intended to record the moment or to prove they were there. From what I can make out, the billions of photos on Snapchat and Facebook etc are mostly of that ilk.

I don't regard this sort of article as preachy or even virtue signalling, but simply someone with limited knowledge picking up on a piece of research and running with it. Dan Goleman made a fortune doing something similar with a half-baked notion of emotional intelligence. It's not going to bring about massive social change – most people wouldn't bother to read it – but if it did cause the majority or even a significant minority of phone or tablet photographers to even cut down on what they do, it'd be a blessed relief to me and many others who just wish they'd get out of the way.
Forum: General Photography 12-27-2018, 01:22 PM  
Another “Put Down Your Camera” Article, This Time from The Independent
Posted By RobA_Oz
Replies: 21
Views: 1,479
When I first read this article “Why I'm not taking any more holiday photos” in The Independent (a British news source I generally like) my first reaction was “here we go again”.

Then I thought a little further about it. The article centres on a study of memory conducted by a New Zealand university, and the writer relates that to her not taking photos whilst on holiday with her family. The findings of the study are interesting, because they suggest that taking a photo of something as a memento actually impairs your memory of it.

My view, stated previously in similar threads, is that taking a photo whilst abroad doesn’t have to be like that. I spend, as I’m sure a lot of members here do, a bit of time at a site taking it in, and then looking for something that will make a picture. What the study and the writer were talking about was people taking snaphots, and not looking at what they were photographing. The difference was probably encapsulated in the last paragraph, where she talked about putting down your phone and just enjoying the experience. I’m with her on that.

She could have added that holding your phone at arm’s length and making a happy face (or worse, “duck” face) not only impairs your memory, but makes you look fake and silly, too. I bet most people won’t take a blind bit of notice, either.
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