Hello world! It's me Bretony, back again for another week of sharing my thoughts and philosophies. I am officially back in cold freezing NYC, but at least I still have the memory of warmth from visiting Costa Rica. Ahhh warmth. Being in such a beautiful part of the world that I had never before experienced, and also being a self proclaimed travel writer and blogger, I naturally wanted to document my journey each step of the way. Something that does cross my mind from time to time however, is that thin line between capturing the moment, and experiencing the moment. In this technological age, just about everyone has the power and ability to become a photographer, videographer, model... all with the touch of a button on their phone! It is beginning to take less and less skill to look like a complete professional. With all of this being taken into account, I find it more common that everyday individuals are becoming much more focused on documenting every moment as opposed to living that moment. Where do we draw the line? This is a subject that I am often torn between. Especially since I would like to incorporate such things into my website as well as my career path.
Ever since I was a little kid I was filmed doing every day stuff. I had a youtube show before it was even a thing. Filming has always been something I've been very passionate about. Back in the good ole days (probably 2005), there wasn't such a thing as filming on your cell phone. definitely not at the level it is today (everything was super pixilated... got dangit I'm so old!). If there was something I wanted to film, I had to have an actual camcorder, with actual mini dv tapes. I also had to have a computer with an editing program (that would usually cost a pretty penny if I weren't such a superb computer program hacker). It was a whole ordeal! You had to really be committed if you were purchasing all of that stuff. Back then, things were a little more planned out. I couldn't just whip out an iphone whenever I saw something happening; Whenever I saw a beautiful sunset, a rare bird flying by, a person falling. All of those rarely capturable moments, I just had to live through to talk about it later.
Now in the year 2016, whenever I see such things, as a beautiful sunset, my first instinct is to whip out my camera phone. But alas, if my phone is either dying or malfunctioning at the time, fear not, because if I were to look on social media, I'm certain I would see the sunset in question being photographed by everyone else. We don't even have to use our memory or creative recollection anymore, we just need to pull up the photograph. No description necessary. I sometimes fear that due to the sheer convenience of self documenting almost every moment in life, we often miss seeing the world through out own eyes, also known as the greatest camera of all time.
While I was in Central America last week, sure, I wanted to take as many pictures and videos as possible. Everything was so exquisitely picturesque! However, what I did find in MOST cases, was that the photo I took never really compared to what I was actually seeing. After a while, I just had to put my phone down and enjoy what I was ACTUALLY seeing (or maybe it was because my phone died...but still). This is the reason I'm torn! I really do want to share my experiences, but I also want to EXPERIENCE those experiences.
This is perhaps the precise reason that I write folks. One thing that has remained true in my lifetime, is the fact that my writing stands the test of time in ALL forms of documentation. During my youth, the pre digital era, I ALWAYS had my notebooks. I didn't get a camera phone until I was freakin 18, but I ALWAYS had my notebooks. In going back and reading my old writings, I can relive those moments through my imagination. My brain is put to work in remembering based off of my descriptions rather than a simple photo. Sure, a picture is worth a thousand words, but are those thousand words so bad to read through?
I am glad that I have my blog in addition to all of my videos and photography. One without the other just seems... flat. I will continue to document all of my travels the best way that I can without them interfering with the actual experience of being in another place. I know that sometimes my videos when I travel seem pretty short, but that's because at this moment in my life (meaning I cannot hire a professional film crew or photographer to follow me around), I just have to do my best to keep a balance between living the moment and filming the moment.
A message to all of my avid snapchat documentarians and such, I will say that it is very interesting SOMEtimes to get a look at the everyday regular life of everyone, but just make sure that every once in a while you can put the phone down, maybe even for a whole day, and get in touch with yourself. Get in touch with the people who are around you instead of people who follow you online. Be in the moment as opposed to trying to capture the moment and save it for another time. How often do you even go to look back at your old photos in your phone? Most of the time those captured moments are collecting dust! Time keeps on slipping into the future! Once a moment is gone, no photograph will bring that back. Maybe it has something to do with a sense of loss. We feel as though we need to hold on to those precious moments. Guess what though? Life is FULL of precious moments! Some of which haven't even happened yet! Let me know what you all think about this subject, I would really like to hear some opinions!
p.s. Hopefully I have somewhat of enough footage to put up a Costa Rica video soon. I still have to put up my London video too!
p.p.s. Sometimes I really do just wanna get rid of my phone. Off the grid man!
p.p.p.s. There is a reason why people tend to say the book almost always better than the movie...