STOP CAPTURING MOMENTS, ENJOY THEM!

Lately, I made a decision to eventually go pro as a photographer and to eventually take up photography for life! But as I thought about it all, I had to grapple with the thought that for a long time, I have been finding myself feeling rather envious of people who don’t have to take pictures for a living and can instead sit back and enjoy what’s in front of their eyes freely. Is it really worth it?

For clarity, I am not here to pass judgment at all. I can’t. I’ve blown amazing moments myself; in concerts, ushering in a new year, the sun setting and many more because I was either recording or photographing them instead! Is capturing moments stopping us from living in the moment?

A CURSE AND A BLESSING!

Photography is my curse and my blessing! Without it, I can’t be able to support both my life and my travelling any more, but with it, I am stuck into this in-between territory where I am there but I am really not.

AN ISSUE FOR ALL OF US

Times have changed. The fast pace that we are moving into virtual life cannot be stopped. Social media continues to rule and in a society where social media rules, it cannot be denied that this issue affects us all. Common social sites such as Snapchat, Instagram and Whatsapp have continued to be redesigned to give platforms to go live or post stories;basically, capturing moments that should otherwise have been enjoyed.

FOR WHAT?

Why put a tiny screen between you and your life? What is the point of taking all those photographs? What are we doing with all of these videos that we must film each and every second instead of just enjoying the moments? Are they really useful?

I always feel really disappointed when I see many people lost in taking shitty images and selfies wasting priceless and magical moments. Wouldn’t it be better to actually BE THERE rather than throwing that luck away for a blurry and cheap shot?

“We need to have memories to look at in future!”

” We need visible proof that we were there and we can show it to others!”

“The technology exists!”

These are answers I always hear, but really,  if no one is going to see that photograph or small clip you are making, would you still film it?

We all need to stop focusing so much on capturing the moments and just enjoy them instead. Be present.  “Man, I was there!” How fulfilling it is to utter these words to anyone!

Stop capturing moments, enjoy them yo!

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—Kech.

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Comments (11)

  1. Frida September 18, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Thats epic! All the best in pursuing what you love

    • Kech September 18, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks for reading Frida! I am grateful for your kind words!

  2. Kevin Okwara September 18, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    As much as I am guilty of always taking pictures and wasting some moments, I agree that we should always strive to enjoy the moments more!

    • Kech September 18, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      We should always!

  3. JUDITH September 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Love Love Love

    • Kech September 18, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Keshy September 18, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I’ve always lived by this . Probably one of the few millennials who barely touches their phone so this is definitely one of my fav pieces😍

    • Ptoo Kewasis October 22, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Likewise….
      I struggle when I am with buddies who insist on cramming my ass into endless selfiies. missing the whole point of the occasion.

      I miss the days of the film camera…
      These limitless digitals are hijacking our moments.

    • Kech September 18, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      I am so envious of you right now! All the same, some of us are still making baby steps towards that! I am happy you loved it!

  5. Peter Orandi September 19, 2017 at 7:44 am

    As a photographer, I get your angle. I, however; find it very difficult to put the camera down to enjoy a sunset or sunrise. How can you unlearn the thrill of listening to your shutter sound click to capturing a moment that you know wasn’t waiting for you and will never pose in such a manner as it has on a particular moment?

  6. Mokeira September 19, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    After a trip or an awesome time, i want to show my friends how much fun i had, the good food i had, the beautuful setting then i remember i didn’t even know where my phone was 🙁 no photos 😅. I will just narrate and let you figure it out hahaha. I totally relate to enjoying moments. Awesome read

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