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When the mind protests photography

Photo by Wells Baum

“I’m cool just looking at it,” said a kid at the museum whose iPhone storage was full.

It was an epiphany. You mean you can look at something without photographing it? Yes, you can!

He is never going to forget that Sputnik-looking thing now.

In the social media age, taking pictures of your experience on Snapchat, Instagram, etc. is difficult to resist. If your experience goes undocumented, does it even exist? 

Surely, you must have photographic proof, no matter how quick a moment Snapchat is. It is no wonder Snapchat is developing glasses to make that “tiny protest against time” even shorter.

However, I am sensing a millennial movement toward mindful seeing, one that’s ok in skipping even the most temporary photograph.

After all, the stories that live on are the ones we store permanently in those little hard drives in our heads. With zero evidence, we are free to embellish the story as much as we want.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.