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An interesting idea to consider….don’t get me wrong. I’m about as picture-happy as an American tourist in Spain (which, incidentally, I happen to be) and I am not about to toss my camera out the window purely for “appreciative purposes.” I have seen so many things already in my year here that I couldn’t imagine trying to remember it all without pictures.
Seriously, stop and think about the last time you saw or experienced something breathtaking/incredibly strange/unbelievable/etc etc. Did you truly drink in the moment and savor the whole experience, without the aid of your handy image-capturing device? If you answer yes to that question, I want to take zen lessons from you. If, like most of us, you instead scrambled for your camera, took 5 minutes turning it on, adjusting the flash and focus and then took another 5 minutes getting every angle possible (artistic shot, full-scale shot, a shot with you in front of said photograph-worthy object, a jumping in the air-pic, etc)…is that memory going to be better preserved or somewhat tainted by your photography frenzy? Do cameras capture memories or just images, and actually hinder “memory-making”? I don’t know the answer. Perhaps, a happy medium…for a monument/building/large chicken statue/etc that isn’t going anywhere in the next few minutes, maybe take a few minutes and really see the thing; enjoy it, sans camera, for a little bit and THEN take your picture (ok, maybe pictures, but I do think we get a little excessive with photo quantity at times).
In terms of the smartphone/GPS/other thing-finding-device argument, I wholeheartedly agree. As a supporter (purely because I actually do not possess one at this time) of the anti-technology side, I truly believe it is so much better to wander an unknown city (of course, bring a map, I’m not advocating complete stupidity/naivete here) by way of chance and/or actually asking real, living humans rather than having everything laid out and dictated to you by some voice in a phone. After all, from where do all the best stories come but by roaming a bit off the beaten path sometimes?
Just some random musings. We’ll see how well this works with me next time I’m somewhere photo-worthy or am lost. But what do YOU think? Technology and travel…always a match made in heaven or a maybe-they-should-see-other-people sort of pair?