They aren’t capturing our lives…
Don’t get me wrong I am bad for this – so many pictures of me with the exact same smile, the exact same tilt of the head, using the exact same filter.
These are the photographs that the world gets to see of me and to be honest they are not that real. If I look old, tired or spotty it either gets filtered into submission or thrown in the bin.
This is all well and good but it’s not real, and we need to start stepping away from the bad habits new technology has delivered us and start documenting our lives.
Not only that but these Beautifying insta filters are NOT good for our self-esteem! It’s now so easy to correct all of our imperfections and gloss over the reality. It’s not helping us love ourselves and it’s setting a bad standard for our delicate youth.
For our children to remember the actual moments and not to be left with a million engineered selfies that look pretty much exactly the same but on a different day.
Snapchat filters with the dog ears etc? So much fun with friends, I can’t breathe I am laughing so hard sometimes but oh my goodness don’t let that be the only evidence left of a portion of your life!
“This is my Granny, except she has dog ears, a dog nose and weird giant eyes – so actually nothing like my Granny!”
And the pouting selfies? You really won’t want to gaze at those when you’re old and grey, trust me.
Capture the moments, snap the little beautiful parts of your world that you really want to remember when your memory is not what it was.
I get annoyed with my boys when they won’t pose and smile nicely but you know what? The photos where they aren’t, are the ones that will remind me of their personalities at that exact point in their developments.
Their amazing little quirks that one day I will struggle to recall.
I get cross with my husband when he catches me off-guard and I am making a weird face but actually, he’s got it right.
It may make you cringe now to see pics of your wonky smile, un-made up face, side profile, bare arms, mum tum and messy hair but one day that photograph may just transport you to a precious memory.
Even more amazing is that it may do the same thing for someone who loves you and misses you dearly.
Photographs are our story, our imprint on the planet, our legacy.
One day they will mean the world to someone…
Make them count.