I will start this post with a completely hypocritical reminder to keep posting your photos for this week’s Instagram Challenge, #tlacnumbersandletters. Your photos have been great so far and I know we’ll have another hard time picking this week’s winner tonight. As usual, we’ll post the winner tomorrow along with more details on voting for your favorite in the Championship round. I’m so excited to see who comes out on top this week and who you all will pick for the overall winner!
I’ve just come back from a long weekend away where I didn’t take any photos. Not one. I just. wasn’t. interested. I think I’m experiencing photo fatigue. My desire to just experience things has outweighed my desire to capture them in snapshots. It seems like too much effort lately.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love looking at photos and have appreciated the images my friends took while we were all together. I also expect this to be a temporary condition since not taking photos ever again would make for dull blog posts and I don’t have a good enough memory to remember all these things when I’m older without visual reminders.
However, there was something really relaxing about doing whatever I wanted on my long overdue and much-anticipated mini-vacation even if what I wanted was to not take any pictures of it. Surprisingly, I’m going to go ahead and blame this all on the Facebook. Their ridiculous IPO is all anyone at my office is talking about lately and with all the increased attention on social media, what it’s doing to our culture, and what the future impacts of branding and over-sharing will be on both individuals and our children, I’ve started to feel like if I’m taking pictures, I need to think about whether or not I’m going to share them online.
If I share them online, will it annoy me that people I don’t even speak to anymore look at them? Are they judging me? Do I care? If I don’t share them, what does that say about me and my online presence? Now that Facebook is under pressure from shareholders to generate more and more revenue, do I really want a mega-corporation to have access to my personal life?
Blah blah blah, the neurosis goes on and on. Long story short, I had a great time this weekend and it’s ok that there aren’t that many photos to prove it.