Celebrate this coming 17th July 2006, take no photos. not even on your mobile phone.
appreciate the moment
Join the No photography movement, It’s a simple idea dreamt up by Becca, a photo artist based in Brighton, UK.
this is what she has to say
Why put down your camera on 17th July?
Non- photography day is an effort on my part to revive the moment by putting down the camera. It is a day to think about how life exists, in essence and not appearance and to understand the inadequacy of the photograph in describing this essence, to bring awareness of the perils of living through the view finder or the display screen…
" This day was made after trekking through the Jungle on the Thailand/Burma Border with a group of travellers. As you would expect we came across many wonderful views, villages and creatures on our way; however I noticed that the people around me were living in these moments through their camera, and as soon as we stopped and were still, all reached for their camera
I felt my fellow travellers rarely really appreciated the essence of the moment they were in or engaged in any relationship between themselves and the places we stopped. They were more concerned with gaining the pattern the camera made…
Taking part in non-photography day is simple, leave your camera or recording equipment at home and abandon your photo shoots. Whatever your activities that day, appreciate the life of the moment you are in rather than documenting the appearance of it. You might want to sit down and read some of the books that have inspired me in my views to form the day- these are listed below- or just enjoy the moments your activities provide."