The idea here is not about time-lapse or slowing down the speed of a video to catch each frame but rather, taking time to think about photography rather than just clicking and moving on. In the age of digital, and numerous megapixels in even the simplest camera, some see true photography as a dying art, replaced by the need to click and go to the next thing. Keen observers have noted that at any given sightseeing adventure, one person after the next arrives in front of the subject wielding a camera. Upon arriving at close enough range, the camera is pointed and the subject is shot, and soon enough the “photographer” has moved on, camera in hand, to the next object.
Proponents of the slow photography moment wonder what could be the point of such an exercise. With countless photographs occupying every digital storage space, this is a question worth considering. While photographs of events, or life stages may capture and document precious, soon-to-be lost moments, photography at a scenic place or of animals, is thought to be a mere exercise in shutter speed. Often, the photographer has barely paused to consider the object being viewed. Like slow food, slow photography takes time. It requires that the photographer stop to consider the individual components of the scene, colors, shapes, angles and intent. One fan of slow photography practices restraint by pretending to have a camera with very expensive film in it. On the other hand, the more frantic approach could actually be a process of leveling the playing field so that anyone can happen-in on a few good images.
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