Last month, my sister and I got to see the Deftones live in concert. She covered the event for Spot.ph and I tagged along as her photographer. Not the kind who has VIP passes and access to the photographers’ pit kind of photographer, though, just the kind who is capable of operating a camera and taking pretty nice pictures with a workable point-and-shoot camera cause he’s not really a hired photographer to cover the event. Actually, I’m not 100% sure if my sister even had to officially cover the event for Spot but I’m not one to refuse free tickets to see my favorite band.
When the band hit the stage, they came out swinging. They opened with the song “Rocket Skates”, a pretty heavy song with the perfect chorus for the crowd to sing along with. GUNS! RAZORS! KNIVES! The crowd went fucking nuts, man. You can almost feel the place shake as the audience jumped up and down for what seems like the entirety of the song. It was insane.
The band’s electrifying live performance aside, the other thing that really caught my attention was the sheer number of people taking pictures (and how much more awesome their cameras were compared with the ones my sister and I were carrying). There were a lot. A good portion of those who were really close to the stage had their cameras out, and the people behind them had their phones out. Heck, the people at the back, who might or might not have been seeing the stage in the first place, had their phones out. It was…something.
While I don’t have anything against taking pictures – I edit and take pics as a hobby and for a living – I often wonder why we subject ourselves to this ordeal of curating everything. Personally, if my sister didn’t need photos for her article, I wouldn’t even have brought a camera. Taking photos of my experiences often feels as if I’m vicariously living my memories and experiences from behind the camera screen/viewfinder. Like I’m just a spectator and not really involved in what’s going on in front of me or, worse, as if I’m literally making memories.
Whatever happened to just being there?
Again, I’m not saying that taking pictures of everything isn’t fun. Because it is. We can now take pictures of everything. That in itself is a wonder, really. But there are just times when I remember stuff and all I can really remember is “I took a picture of that”.