Based on the feedback from my last post like this, it seems like you guys enjoyed the 400-word rants, which is great because I have a lot of internalised rage, so here we go!
“When Drake said, ‘I know a girl whose one goal was to visit Rome
Then she finally got to Rome
And all she did was post pictures for people at home
‘Cause all that mattered was impressin’ everybody she’s known’, I felt that”
…But did you?!
Did you see her actually being in Rome spending her whole trip taking photos and not enjoying herself? Or did you see the final photos she posted online and assume the worst?
There tends to be this massive culture of hate towards those who take photos almost everywhere they go, because people assume that they aren’t living in the moment and are spending all their time taking photos. However, this may blow your mind… But did you ever think that maybe, just maybe, they could do both?
I love photos; they’re a chance for me immortalise moments of my life that I can look back on and smile at. Do I share them on social media? Yes I do; I love collating an Instagram feed full of photos that I love. I don’t do it to “impress others”, I do it because I love sharing little bits of my happiness.
When I go on holiday, or to a nice place in London, or simply just out somewhere I’m enjoying, I will probably take loads of photos. But guess what? It takes less than 5 minutes – 20 minutes at an absolute push – to take some snaps or have a mini photoshoot, which, surprisingly, doesn’t actually take that much time out of the hours I have to “live in the moment”.
There seems to be this massive assumption that it all comes from a place of vanity (Which, if it does, why does it matter? If you enjoy your face/your body and want to capture it in beautiful spots, then you do you! Be proud!) but it doesn’t have to. For example, I personally am a massive lover of nostalgia and I often look back at my photos from different places and remind myself of how I felt in those moments. Pictures are tiny little versions of memories, and we should either be more understanding of that, or keep our nose out of other people’s business.
I’m sick of the judgement that comes from someone wanting to capture themselves enjoying something, just let it happen! They aren’t bothering you!
But that’s just me, I guess…
What are your opinions on the matter? I’m happy for people to disagree, In fact I encourage (respectful) debates! Let me know in the comments,
Lots of love,
Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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