Leave your camera behind

Are you really in the moment when looking at that beautiful view? From time to time when I walk I don’t take a camera and the reason is I sometimes feel I’m missing something. I cease to enjoy the walk because I’m on the lookout for that moment.

Don’t get me wrong I love every moment of the search, but from time to time the mental picture is the only one we should take.

I recently read this paragraph in The happiness Trap: Stop Struggling Start Living, Chapter 7 “Look Who’s Talking” by Russ Harris

 “Or suppose you’re watching a magnificent sunset. There are moments when all you are doing is looking at it. Your mind is quiet; there are no thoughts running through your head, you’re simply registering the many colours of the spectacle before you. This is your observing self at work: observing, not thinking.

Then your thinking self kicks in: ‘Wow, look at all those colours! This reminds me of that sunset we saw on holiday last year. I wish I had my camera. It’s so beautiful; this looks like something out of a movie.” The more attention your observing self pays to the running commentary of the thinking self, the more you lose direct contact with that sunset.

Here is the link to the book on Amazon

How true is that! I have felt that many times… although I wanted to capture the moment the whole thinking process of grabbing those dying moments before the light changed actually killed the experience for me, although I may have got the image.

Sometimes you just have to live in the moment and leave your camera behind.
Going for a walk…(iPhone coming )


P.S. How did I go this morning? I told myself the only reason I’m taking my phone is just in case someone wants to catch up for a coffee or breakfast (5.30am really?) or maybe if I hurt myself I can call someone. But the truth is I want something on me that takes a photo.
Did I succeed living in the moment of the view? NO! I failed miserably, let me count how many photos I took. Twenty three snaps on my iPhone… took photos of

This list goes on, my hard drive is loaded with images and so is my online storage. I think I have some work to do on myself over the holidays or you might see me on “Hoarders.” I’m not going to post a photo; this is the first post ever without one.
See you on my next walk

2 Responses to Leave your camera behind

  1. I don’t entirely agree. I take my phone with me not so much for emergencies or “what if…. ” phone calls but rather because it’s got a decent camera.

    By pausing every so often to snap a photo I am not reflecting back on what I have previously seen but what I see now. When I walk, I challenge myself to take a photo which I feel worthy to share, so I am on the look out for sights that will inspire me. It might be the beauty of the sunset, or the flap of a seagull’s wings, it might even be the the effects of the wind in the sand. I find I am more in the moment of that walk when I do this then I would be with a mind churning through the anxieties and stresses of the day.

    Maybe this is so for me because I only walk with a phone camera, where the only decision is to frame the shot. Image editing comes later. Perhaps to walk with something more complex would be counter productive.

    • Susan thanks for your comments, and I do agree with you. I use my iPhone quite often because it’s quick, uncomplicated and the end result is good.
      However I know for myself that I can get caught up in an image and want to capture it to keep. This happens when the light is fading and you only have seconds to spare; I may have captured the image but lost the impact of the event. After reading the book I mentioned in my post I realised that occasionally just soaking in that sunrise or sunset was enough.
      Thanks for your input always appreciated.

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