I'm ranting. Beware. The very worst thing about facebook
is the picture taking zombies it has spawned. Everyone has a camera now. They are on telephones, iPods, computers, cars. Digital cameras can be as small as a bumblebee and slipped easily away inside a front jean pocket. And where there are a lot of cameras there will also be a lot of pictures. But it's gone too far. People are abusing the priviledge. They whip their camera out for every nothing event that happens.
There is a certain kind of photographer that is the worst in this digital revolution: the party-documenter. Generally it is a girl or a group of girls, that think every second of a party is worth recording. From the first vodka shots to the passed out kid in his puke. "Let's never forget this evening! I need to remember always that we're playing card games with that one kid we randomly met on the bus that one day!" People click their cameras at parties to such an extent that it's like they are filming a documentary. They have a camera in their hands more often than they have a beer. How can you enjoy the present time when you're already thinking of it as a memory? Those kinds of photos make their way online before the hangovers are gone.
The ubiquity of cameras is making us overly-sentimental. Everything is worth recording! One of my favorite types of pictures is the one where the photographer reaches his/her hand in front of him to capture himself/herself in the photo. A myspace photo if you will. That type of photo says: I need to always have this moment. That type of photo guarantees the photographer will never have that moment. The moment is lost exactly when it is thought of as a moment, the photo cuts it out of time and space and the photographer will never get it back no matter how many views it gets on facebook.
The digital camera is making us nostalgic for two minutes ago. They create mountains of ego and take away the beauty of photography. Photographs shouldn't be clicked 100 at a time. They should be taken with thought and consideration and real reason because then they really can recreate the feeling of that moment. Facebook photos are nothing more than mirrors, ego boosters in a digital age.