Friday Reblog – When Should We Just Be in the Moment?

Been awhile since I’ve mentioned a fellow blogger’s post, but I’ve got an interesting one this week.  Joni over at Thepauser posted this interesting post: The New Guard: The Moment and The Message

Seems like everyone is taking pictures of everything lately.  The question is, “At what point does documenting an event take you out of the moment and take away from you from being connected to the moment?”  Joni explores this question with an example of something that happened to her.

I often wonder at what point does taking photos at an event take away from experiencing an event.  I am one of those who doesn’t take many pictures, unless I am intentionally wanting to share an event.  For example sometimes I take detail photos of a hike so  I can blog about it, but there are times I just need to be in the woods with my thoughts and leave the camera in my pack.

With all the high-tech gadgets and distractions, I think we all need a little more disconnect in our lives.  Let me know what you think.


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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24 Responses to Friday Reblog – When Should We Just Be in the Moment?

  1. nimi naren says:

    I am definitely one of those who needs to disconnect. Very relevant question in these times. Often, I find that my phone has no space and needs to be purged of the hundreds of pictures I take. Sigh…😯


  2. JoHanna Massey says:

    Selfie sticks are awful!
    Great post Andrew.


  3. artseafartsea says:

    People seem to need their “10 seconds of Fame” or whatever it is. I think it all started with all the “Reality Shows.” My opinion of course. 🙂


  4. George says:

    Very interesting point, Andrew, and well taken. There really is a balance here but regardless of the balance, any time taken to snap a picture is time taken from the moment itself. I never consciously thought about it that way. Thank you.


  5. I agree with your ending, Andrew, but I love taking photos, so I believe that it takes finding a balance between enjoying the moment and memorizing it in picture form..


  6. Different strokes… It’s all about balance. And being present.


  7. I know what she’s saying and agree to a point. I’m a visual person who suffers from a poor memory. So my photos and videos always help me to recapture moments in my life that would be lost forever.


  8. Carrie Rubin says:

    Reminds me of a great tweet I saw earlier today. It shows everyone frantically trying to get a picture of the pope as he approaches except for one woman who’s just enjoying the moment. There’s a lesson to be learned in that, no doubt. Here’s a link to the tweeted photo:

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  9. Paul J. Stam says:

    We have become so overwhelmed with pictures and video easily accessible on our cell phone that we concentrate on the visual rather than entering into an experience with all our senses. – Just my thought, but what do I know, I don’t even own a cell phone, but happy experiencing and Aloha – pjs/


  10. I tried to disconnect last Saturday, by accident. I left my phone at home. I did pretty well. Went almost 24 hours without it. Now I am trying not to look at my phone every 5 seconds when something pops up. One step at a time. Photos are tough…you want the memory, but if you’re stopping to take it, you’re more in tune with the camera and the act of taking the picture…hard one to answer.


  11. Good post! I’ve had the same thoughts and experiences, and wonder where it will end…maybe people will get tired of it and become more sane about photos….with time.


    • Photo taking does seem to be moving towards insane these days. We were in San Francisco last week I was surprised by number of people walking around with selfi sticks taking videos of themselves walking down the street.

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