Taking pictures isn’t what is used to be. Although the basic reason people do so pretty much remains the same, to record images for posterity, folks now tend to take pictures to satisfy much flimsier whims. However, I do observe practical logic in the way some people rationalize capturing images of the visual world. There can be acceptable reasons for the latter. And we can all be thankful that all those digital cameras do serve better purposes than what the average Nikon, Canon, Lumix, Leica, Samsung Wifi or whatever DSLR, point-and-shoot or hybrid camera users can ever think of. Take note that I opt to refer to these people as “camera users” in lieu of the more familiar or dignifying “photographer.”
As a spectator to this by now popular phenomenon that some experts, hobbyists, and dilettantes consider as digital photography, it is clear to me. Even the formerly uninvolved and unperturbed passerby can, in a few turns with the help of a digital camera in his hands, be instantly transformed into a stopper-by — to take a few snapshots of someone or something. And I’ve not even began to talk about iPhone cameras, apps and social media like Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest. We can save that for later, perhaps.
The one good thing about all this is that people are learning to slow down a bit and are paying more attention to the visual wonders around them. No matter how trivial these sights or occurrences may be. Not a few psychologists and behavioral scientists around have observed this in the way visual posts in social media like Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and the like go. People are beginning to share visual experiences in contexts so unlike in previous decades. There is this willingness to share its emotional content to a wider audience of virtual friends — total strangers!
The human interest has come back in full digital force. So much so that we have a new generation of digital visualists, not necessarily photographers, but equally capable of perhaps inspiring us. I can volunteer observations as lucidly as I can and be pleased to share some of them — the most hilarious ones. The ones involving digital camera users and the situations they stumble upon cluelessly. Those we can all consider including in a list of the Seven Deadly Scenes that can make you die laughing with amusement. Read on and enjoy!