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Is our present world of videos, cameras, ipads and selfies destroying those beautiful private moments with our families, friends, and the wonderful world around us. Sharing our precious family memories with an audience can blur the line between private and public. We open ourselves, our families and our private experiences to a wider world. Social media has become such a big part of our lives. We share it all with a push of a button.

But are there times when we should be more selfish about the moments we share with our family, close friends and personal experiences? When we reserve moments for just us and them?

In our harried world, in which sometimes it seems our whole lives are documented, we lose that sense of presence — that sense that the best moments, perhaps, should be like a sunrise or summer’s day: Beautiful and fleeting, and all the more beautiful because of their transience. Must we always reach for the bloody camera?


Well, for one thing, sometimes you want to pay attention to the thing instead of taking a photo of it.
I have just come in from the local fireworks on the Quay. Beautiful.
Enjoyed every moment of it. I left the photos to others.
At the most sacred ceremonies there are no cameras or recording devices allowed. That's how it was when I was still visiting the Rez regularly, and I'm sure that's still how it is, although policing that will be much harder now than 10-15 years ago.

I always wondered about seeing life through the lens of a camera. Although there are times when I really want one, most of the time it is unnecessary. I do have my phone, though, and use that camera often since it is convenient. More as a reminder of a time or place (or an item on my shopping list) than as something to bring back the event or return me to a memorable place/time.

- Erulisse (one L)