Is it time to step out from behind the camera and lose yourself in the moment?

In a coaching session recently with Emma Samways, the director of InEvents, we were discussing her ‘why’: she said –

‘In a world where we don’t take one picture to capture a memory but a million, it becomes easy to forget how you feel. [Creating amazing] events and experiences can shape the way my clients and their clients feel.’

I think she’s right – in the days before digital cameras, let alone cameras on our phones, we might take a couple of reels of 36 exposure film away on our holidays. We’d ration our photos, make sure each was carefully composed, knowing that we wouldn’t know how that photo had turned out until we’d returned home, dropped the films off for development and collected them a few days later. If we were unlucky, a few would come back blurred, or one of our party would have their eyes closed, or perhaps we’d had a finger over the lens. Now we can rattle off a burst of shots in seconds, review them, take them again, filter them and edit them before uploading them. If we don’t have a selfie in front of a famous artwork, were we ever actually there?

Take a look at these two photos:

Beyoncé and Jay-Z take a private tour of the Louvre

Ben Hines shared this photo on Facebook
on 1 March. His caption read:
Donna Hines and I made a pilgrimage today and we were delighted to wait in line behind this fellow art lover and hopeful patriot.

One photo shows people with their backs to the very thing they’ve come to see: the other shows someone transfixed by a painting. The little girl is called Parker and in an article, her mum said I was trying to get her to turn around so I could take a picture, but she wouldn’t cooperate. She just wanted to stare at it. She was fascinated.”

I’m not criticising museum selfies – I’m just wondering about how much more we might experience if we stopped and stared for a few moments rather than setting up a great shot for our social media feed. I use my phone a lot for work and for leisure and it’s an incredibly useful tool. I am conscious though that in some ways I have outsourced my memory to my phone.

Am I making memories or just making reminders?

Having noticed this, I try to make an effort to put my phone away sometimes, to soak up the moment and to concentrate on how I feel. Emma’s website features the hashtag making memories right under the company name and her why is to create an experience which will stay in the participants’ minds long after their photos have been deleted.

It’s a challenge sometimes to be right there in the moment but it’s a challenge that I am happy to take on. Are you? Is it time to disconnect in order to reconnect?

Today’s pebble for your thoughts: will you take time this week to lose yourself in the moment and make memories?


Turning over pebbles is the blog of Thinking Space Coaching. 

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