Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The importance of capturing the moment

Samsung S8 Camera Review
polaroids with glasses and rings


I’m that person who needs to take a photo of everything. My friends, my food, my feet when I happen to be stood on a beautifully tiled floor, you name it, I take a photo of it. Oh and I’m partial to a good selfie (always beauty mode, always from my left side and always with my right hand playing with my hair, obvs). I know that I’m the person who gets laughed at for it and is constantly told ‘oh the BLOGGER is out with us’, but you know what? Capturing that moment is a big deal to me.

The lovely people at Carphone Warehouse lent me a Samsung S8 for a few days so I could take some shots, chat about the camera and do my general blogger thing, but when I started to think about it, I realised that having a camera in my pocket at all time is actually so important to me. I want to capture the little things and remember the days where whilst nothing extraordinary may have happened, they still made me smile. That’s one reason why I have a ‘one line a day’ journal, just to document a little bit of every day, so I don’t forget the little things. In 10 years time, I don’t just want to remember the milestones, I want to remember the things that made me laugh so hard that diet coke came out my nose (not the dream, and yet still hilarious).


polaroids with glasses and rings


A couple of things have really changed my perspective recently on how I view the world and what I can only refer to as ‘moments’. They’re the feelings, emotions and general vibes we experience every day in both a positive and a negative capacity. Whilst those moments, both good and bad, will never last forever, you can choose the ones you want to capture.

When I’m sad or scared or worried, I visualise those moments as physical things that I can watch pass by me. I can acknowledge that they’re there but that they’re not permanent. This way of seeing the world was introduced to me by a close family member who when feeling anxious, described it was ‘waiting for it to pass’.  On the other end of the spectrum, there are those happy, joyous and incredible moments which we try to cling to and make them last for as long as we can. When I saw the comedian Russell Howard recently, he described during his show how life should be about collecting those incredible moments, the ones that fill you with happiness that you want to last forever.


polaroids with glasses and rings


And it’s those positive moments that I try to photograph. The little bits of beauty, of happiness, of laughter and of everything else that symbolise the good time I’m having. Whilst I don’t want to entirely live my life through a lens (ie, I’ll never be the person who goes to a gig and spends the entire time filming it) I want to keep hold of those memories.


Having a high quality camera to hand, it turns out, is more important to me than I realised. Aside from the fact that the S8 camera could pretty comfortably replace my blogging camera (Sony A5000) when it comes to quality, it would give me the opportunity to take the beautiful photos of my every day, not just occasions. And that’s important to me. It’s important that in years to come that I remember the prosecco fuelled Friday nights after a long week in the office as much as I remember the weddings and the celebrations. So the next time you’re with me and making jokes about how I’m taking photos of everything? It’s because you’re part of a moment I want to remember.
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