The importance of being in the room.
Modern life is great, isn't it? Most of us have the ability to communicate with almost anyone around the world. More and more our lives are linked to a small hand held device capable of distraction at any hour of the day. As a digital artist my phone has become a great creative tool but also a great time waster. I recall sitting in a conference listening intently to my boss explaining the virtues of "being in the room" and glancing around at my colleagues checking their e-mails oblivious of him. Some of my greatest memories have been experienced without looking at a small screen. I never understand the attraction of filming a music concert on a phone and then listening to the distorted soundtrack. Being in the room has meant that despite witnessing some memorable occasions, I have not kept them for prosperity though. However, I think that being there, for me, becomes far more important than recording it. Which sounds weird coming from a photographer, right? I put it down to priorities, if I'm out to enjoy myself, then that's what I'm going to do, forget work and have fun. If I'm out taking photographs, then that's exactly what I'm going to do. For me it seem pointless turning up to an event armed with my mobile phone and expect to capture top quality photographs, despite owning a pretty amazing Sony phone with a sensor as good as my DSLR. I know a lot of people will disagree with me but when your memory card fails, I'll, hopefully, still have my memory.