Living Through the Lens

Living Through the Lens

We are a self proclaimed Selfie crazed generation! Every beautiful place we visit, its almost out of instinct we grab our cameras to try & capture the perfect image or click that perfect selfie!

I have to admit, I am no different from the rest.

Being a Travel Blogger I have my focus on taking that perfect picture every time, every place, that I can upload on my Blog as soon as I can get down to it.

However, I realized during my trip to Thailand, when we were visiting this beautiful garden. It had the most gorgeous flowers, fountains & butterflies! However, instead of enjoying the greenery or taking the time to appreciate the beauty with which mother nature had graced the place, most of us were busy clicking pictures! Click Click Click everywhere!

For me, that was then I realized that many times when we travel, we almost, all the time, live through the lens! May it be the lens of our camera or of our phones! We are just in the mad craze of capturing everything, everywhere. We forget that the place where beauty can be best captures is in our minds as memories!

I did not click many pictures in that garden from that point on & have very few images of that beautiful place.

I could not post a lot of images on my blog, just a few & you know what? Its okay, because I have the images of the most gorgeous flowers, fountains & butterflies in my mind.

I just want to say to you guys, take in the beauty, appreciate it, really look at it. Lets enjoy the experience exclusively for sometime. I am not saying don’t take images at all. But don’t let your travel be all about image taking.

You might lose Images from your camera or your phone, but never the ones from your mind & memories.


Arpita xo


31 thoughts on “Living Through the Lens

  1. You’re right that it’s a balance between being in the moment, cementing the memories in your mind so they can last forever, and coming out of the moment just long enough to capture some photos. Of course, memory fades and changes over time, so the photos, which remain constant, can serve as useful cues to rekindle a fading memory. It’s an interesting experiment, to try painting a word picture of travels to friends, rather than simply showing a large collection of photos. I shall aim to be more mindful, and tilt the balance toward taking memories, rather than snapping pics, as I go through my week. Thank you Arpita!


      1. That’s great. Really Disconnect & live in the moment. I usually schedule a couple of posts while I am away, so I can take my mind off the Blog!


  2. Wonder what would have happened if explorers like Magellan, Columbus and Vasco da Gama had cameras! What would have happened if they had spent their time snapping things. Taking in the scene is definitely more important and rewarding than capturing the scene. Loved this one! Photos are meant to be a token of all the memories from the journey and not the other way round.

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  3. I think many of them miss is their chance to visit the exact same place again, If! they really want to take photographs. People are just hurried to take photos for no reason.

    Taking photographs may be the best form of art for many reasons. I recently visited Colombo at night and saw some places that I’d seen in daylight, but under dim light they were something different. I tried to take some photographs, but gave up. I cannot capture the excitement!

    By the way, thanks for taking your time to share your experiences with us πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. That’s so true, you only capture the image & not the excitement or Joy! That remains in our memories πŸ™‚

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  4. I read an article about something similar: parents who are so busy recording their child’s school play or soccer game or party that they don’t actually “see” it themselves and they found that these parents couldn’t remember the event afterwards as well as parents who actively participated rather than recorded it.

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  5. Oh, I could not agree more! Our generations is just so camera-addicts! But it is really the moment that would last forever. It’s the memories and the images.

    Another great post from you Appy!
    I hope you’re feeling better? πŸ™‚

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      1. I am loving it! I never thought I could write a short fiction story but I did! I am afraid that it is not as good as what you all did but I have received a lot of kind words. So I am just so thankful.
        It was also great meeting/knowing/reading bloggers, like you Appy! πŸ˜€

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      2. We are all afraid our writing is not going to be that good! You writing is great & will keep getting better I am very sure! It has been great meeting you! I enjoy our conversations πŸ™‚

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  6. What a beautiful advice on mindfulness. It is a realization for you and realizations stay with us as true education and help others too. We read so often about mindfulness and living in the present but unless we realize, like you did, we can’t appreciate life to the ful.


    Anand πŸ™‚

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  7. Love the last line “You might lose your images from your camera or your phone, but never the ones from your mind & memories.” They are words of wisdom. Beautiful! πŸ™‚

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