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Our Photo Obsession

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 @ 12:44 PM

I was recently a motivational keynote speaker for a healthcare conference where I found my way into over 50 different photos ( i counted). Every time somebody would breathe someone would find a reason to click.

motivational keynote speakerAfter awhile when people approached me to be in a picture; I secretly wanted to hide in a closet. Eager to relax and enjoy the night, instead I found myself striking an irritating pose for the camera.

The trouble with a photo is the minute it's snapped, it's the past. People often pose in front of a camera keen to see how they will look on facebook. Instead of just enjoying the moment, we obsess over how we will look in the future, on photo, online.

As I was reminded by another motivational keynote speaker in a motivational speech about camera etiquette ... For those wishing to preserve their looks on photo, it helps to be reminded that you will never be as young as you are right now.

Add to this, photos are always out of context. When others observe a photo( who weren't there) they never really know the whole story. What was the  purpose of the event? Were they drinking? Who all was there? What happened before this picture was taken?
The casual observer sees small details and misses the broader picture. They say a picture speaks a thousand words but is it accurate?

During a motivational speech, often someone will come right up and start snapping photos, which can be very distracting. It does not help that i am not photogenic- it is almost guaranteed that I will look old, angry or stressed out. Not a look a motivational keynote speaker wants to protray.

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