23 Jun 2013

The curse of digital photography

Back in Aus after a wonderful three weeks in La Belle France.I am not so sure that I will post on the blog whilst travelling in future.Uploading photos using an iPad and hotel wi-fi networks is often slow.I cannot edit the photos and the size of the photos is restricted in the iPad blogger app.
More critically I am very anxious not to appear like all the posters who put their every movement up on Facebook.I want my photos to be considered not just taken to post on a blog.I am convinced that digital photography is ruining the travel experience for many travellers.They are blindly snapping away and not taking in what they are looking at.Whilst on a bus tour in Lyon a man in the seat in front of me was taking photos in every direction in a frenzy.It was as if he had a neurological disorder-his whole body twitching as he snapped left, right and centre.He saw nothing.

I first really noticed this frenzied snapping in Strasbourg Cathedral last year but now I see it everywhere.Hooray to the museums who have banned photography.It makes it so much more comfortable for those of us who want to look at the pictures and take them in.
It is not a laughing matter-people really are missing out on a critical part of the travel experience.They are not observing and taking in what they came to see.Of course when photography used film this situation did not arise but now with smartphones it is even worse as they are photographing everything and then posting it onto their Facebook page or sending the photos to their friends immediately.But it is not just smartphones- the big black Canon or Nikon DSLR is still the camera of choice for many European tourists -particularly the older ones.What do
they all do with the photos?

I am making a very conscious effort to use my camera very sparingly .On the trip I saw wonderful panoramas and scenes and committed them to memory.I am just using my camera to take just a few,hopefully,interesting photos not as a recording device for my every move.

Anyway a few low key but Pur(e) French photos from the last three weeks


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