Life in pictures – how much is too much?

I’ve been encouraged to ‘switch off the TV set‘ and do something else instead (me and every other child of the 80s) for as long as I can remember. Nowadays, rather than being sitting-room-bound our screens are mostly small and portable and it’s not television

that absorbs us but social media. Plus we rarely switch them off – so even if we are doing something else, we’re likely to have our phones and tablets at hand.

October walkI’ve really enjoyed becoming a #pblogger and I’ve found the online community a very welcoming, helpful one so far. And my fellow bloggers certainly embrace a lot of sites and channels – from Facebook to Pinterest to YouTube to Google Plus. As a mere yearling, I’m still learning all the time and am only on a few – I’ve recently added Instagram to my platform portfolio – but even with just those to update I’m finding my phone is always in my pocket and there’s rarely a special – or even mundane – moment I don’t considering capturing.

A lot’s been written and debated around our ‘virtual shadow’ – see this from Ted for example. But I’ve only really thought that I was guilty of over-documenting my life recently. For instance during a lovely walk in the afternoon sun in Cornwall last week, with Scrip, my mum and my sister.

As we were walking I reached for my phone to take a photo – and panicked when I realised it was running low on battery. How could I capture the moment? Somehow it wasn’t so complete without an image – plus distressed frame, 1970s tint effects and 3G sharing – to round it off. And while I was looking down, fiddling around with my iPhone’s camera settings, everyone else had carried on, simply enjoying the nice walk.

The problem is, I like capturing and especially sharing – particularly with a like-minded community. I enjoy hearing about other people’s family lives and seeing images of their children, walking in the sunshine. And in turn I like sharing mine. It’s so rewarding – and I’m suddenly so immersed in a world of babies and toddlers that it seems fitting to seek out other people who are, too. I hardly talk about Scrip at work – but in reality, she fills my life.

Time I can spend with Scrip is precious, and I’ve talked about enjoying it as a series of best bits before. Some, I relish photographing, and others I love sharing with family, friends and beyond. But some I must simply enjoy. And I should remind myself to experience all of them, whether phone in hand or firmly in a zipped pocket.

Do you think we spend too long capturing and not enough time enjoying?

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3 thoughts on “Life in pictures – how much is too much?

  1. Pingback: Saving and sharing photo memories | New Mumblings

  2. Esther @ Inside Out and About

    Not sure how I came across this…but I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently! I love writing my blog but always forget to take pictures because I feel like I need to enjoy the moment rather than capture the moment – if that makes sense? Getting my phone or camera out feels like ruining the present. I’m sure nobody will understand what I mean…and certainly no photographer will! x

    1. newmumblings

      Thanks Esther – I totally understand. It became automatic for me and now I think twice. A memory is more powerful than an iPhoto image in any case. 🙂


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