Bad Pictures

I’m testing out the idea of a personal, pencil and paper journal, so expect posts to be erratic in the near future. More on that soon.

Tonight, as I was looking through Facebook, I realized something: most people take terrible pictures. Think about it, if someone you know takes pictures at a bar get together, what will they be of? I’d bet over ninety percent will be people, and only people. Closeups on faces, period.

Now, there are certainly some times when people pictures make sense. Proms, wedding, etc., need at least one set of good, full body pictures to demonstrate the beautiful attire of the occasion.

There are many cases, as well, where pictures of people with things make good sense. Vacation photos in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or grandma about to blow out the candles on her 100th birthday cake, absolutely. Gold.

However, stick a bunch of people in a room with nothing specific to celebrate and a couple cameras, and by and large you will get closeups of faces. Over and over again.

What do I think people should take pictures of? I don’t know. Wait for something exciting to happen. Take photos of the surroundings, maybe? The drinks? I just would like to avoid the following situation:

“Oh cool, photos, what are they of?”

“Here is Jess, and Steven, and Jess and Steve, and Chris, and Jess and Chris…”

Well, you get the idea.

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