If you’ve travelled anywhere before, you’ll have noticed people stopping to capture the perfect holiday shot on their camera or smart phone. Sometimes tourists seem to take the most questionable photos, in some cases, climbing over and destroying natural habitats to achieve an Instagram-worthy photo.
Well, I’m telling you to stop. Before you reach for the camera to take a photo, stop and look at what you’re seeing. Really look at it. Take it in.
I think too much of our time is spent on social media and many travel to particular places or sights only to take a photo of it, rather than to actually see it.
Some of the most beautiful things I’ve seen while travelling weren’t captured on camera. One of my most treasured memories is an experience David and I shared in Iceland. We were in Snaefellsness, heading back towards Reykjavik. The sun was setting across the flat plains, painting the sky in shades of blue, pink and purple. As the sun dropped lower in the horizon, a flock of swans flew past in perfect unison. It was the scene that painted the incredible natural beauty we experience in Iceland.
It’s moments like these that David and I share together, alone. We were the only two people there, and it felt like we were the only two people in the world. With no photos to show to anyone else, that moment is ours alone and it’s something we treasure deeply.
We have plenty of these moments, but I’m not going to share them with you (no offence). 🙂
Of course I’m not going to tell you to stop taking photos completely. Snapping holiday shots is too much fun and creates tangible lasting memories that are worth holding on to. Just take a second to really appreciate what it is you’re capturing before you click down on that shutter.
So, next time you see something new and beautiful on your travels, don’t reach for the camera. Instead, reach for the hand of that special someone and take in the moment.
Memories are forever.