I’ve had the belief for the last few years that we as a society (and me as an individual) take too many photos in this digital age.
Often times we all stand with a black digital device in front of our eyes, separating us from the people or the sites that we should be soaking up.
Earlier this week we went to the terrific Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi. It’s cheap and amazing and a highlight of any Hanoi visit. But I felt my hackles rise as soon as the lights dimmed. Or I’m assuming the lights dimmed but it was difficult to tell as 90% of the audience then raised their digital cameras and starting snapping and filming so darkness never really settled in the theatre.
The Australian lady (there are LOTS of Aussies in Vietnam) in front took photos and then looked at the photos. I doubt she really SAW more than a few minutes of the show in real time.
My camera stayed in my bag. I like to watch and soak up the experience, even if it means I am image-less when the curtain comes down.
Don’t get me wrong, I take lots of photos but there’s a time and a place and this wasn’t it!
I may not have a photo to show but I do have the memories.