Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to forget or lose any important memories in life — especially with my kids.
That’s why people capture memories with pictures — including me.
But with a high-end camera embedded inside every smart phone, parents have become addicted to capturing every single moment of their kids’ lives.
They’ve become helicopter shutterbugs.
The behavior is creating situations that are at once awkward, ironic, cliche and metaphysical.
Case in point: the picture I took above with my own smart phone camera. The scene is a picture-taking session for my son’s baseball team.
The portable studio and “baseball field backdrop” in the elementary gym was strange enough, considering there was a real baseball field a few feet outside, and it was a sunny day with beautiful light.
But it got really strange when 10 parents urgently whipped out their smart phones to capture their own shots of the professional photographer taking the official team photo.
To me, there was a more interesting photo of the parents versus the kids sitting patiently for their picture.
For that, I feel sorry for the kids. (Confession: I grabbed a few photos of the events as well — the parents and the kids.)
It would be great if we could reduce the extent to which smart phone photography defines the actual moment. It’s becoming rampant.
Perhaps parents could agree on a just a few people to take pictures, and immediately share them afterward with everyone else? Is there a smart phone app for that?