Look up ....... Enjoy the World around you

August 18, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

We are in a World of what seems like endless technology now.  I am sure there are very few people who don't own a smart phone, computer, laptop or tablet.  When I am shooting a wedding I see a sea of arms in the air yielding phones, i pads and compact cameras.  With the advent of digital and everything now being available immediately and at a touch (literally!) of a button - we all seem to want to capture every moment as it happens.  I do wonder though and get a little sad of what people could be missing in the "real world".   I spend a lot of my life employed as a wedding photographer so its my job to get those images, those magic moments between a couple/family/children etc as they happen, it doesn't matter if I don't hear every word of the vows a couple are giving, what's important is that I can record the visual - and then let that image do the talking when the newlyweds look through their wedding album. A picture paints a thousand words as they say!  

Sit on a train or a bus and look at how many heads are down engrossed in their phones or tablets, its the same scene in restaurants, passengers in cars and even parks!  When did we stop talking to each other with our mouths and listening with our ears??  When did we stop seeing what was going on in the World around us?  Everything we do we seem to have an incessant need to want to record and share online with our friends on social media.  We are so scared of missing something and busy typing it up that we don't realise that in fact whilst we are doing that - we are missing things!

Don't get me wrong - I am as guilty as the next person of this!  I am not saying to stop it completely - but just think it would be nice to LOOK UP more and see what is actually happening in the World around us.  Start smiling at people again; strike up conversations with people; make new friends; sit and ENJOY the sun going down; hear the words in the vows being given without worrying about messing with your smart phone.  Sit and people watch in the park or on the beach - we are a fascinating race!!  Experience nature wherever you are - and believe me nature is everywhere, but its not until you open your eyes and LOOK UP that you will truly start to see things that you never noticed before! 

I was in a shop this morning and an elderly lady struck up a conversation with me about the jumper she was holding and did I think it would suit her etc.... I thought about it afterwards and wondered how many younger people would do that? Sadly I think the answer is not very high.... and yet in just a few minutes I learned about her late husband, we talked (well in fact moaned!) about weight but then laughed and said as long as we were happy that's what mattered, she told me I had a lovely face and made me feel great!!! had my head been in my phone I wouldn't have had this lovely interaction which was lovely for me and for her :) 

So I am going to make a concerted effort to LOOK UP and take notice a lot more - it would be great if you joined me!

Its a great World out there - we just need to look up more!


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