These pictures have been making the rounds since the election of Pope Francis.
Most everyone oohs and ahhs over all the smartphones and tablets everyone was holding to record the historic event in 2013, compared with the nearly digital-free scene at the election of Pope Benedict in 2005.
What I see are people who passed on a chance to witness history with their own two eyes. People who sacrificed the moment, visceral or spiritual, by putting a viewfinder between their eyes and history. They crossed the digital divide for pictures that would be instantly available anyway.
Some things are just better committed to memory.
Look at what my camera saw at sunset one day last week in Mexico. The photo was not retouched.
The trouble with this picture? The panorama was far more breathtaking than what the camera saw. I took a couple more pictures, started to get frustrated, and that’s when it occurred to me.
Some things are just better committed to memory. I put the camera down, and enjoyed the moment.
Seems to me that sometimes we’re so eager to “share” our lives, we forget to live them.