Snapping Merrily With Phone Cameras is a Sight to Behold

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

Phone cameras are as a result of the advent of new technology and the ability to make small micro-chips and things even smaller to a macro level, we're now faced with the ability to use these macro-chips just about anywhere we want to. This is the reason why we now have the ability to take reasonably-good photographs from phone cameras.

If you look anywhere these days you won't be surprised to see many people with their Phone cameras out and snapping merrily away.

To illustrate my point let me give you a small snapshot if you will, of something that happened to me not too long ago. There I was at a friend's wedding, snapping merrily away on my digital SLR camera - I was the designee photographer - doing my utmost best to remain inconspicuous and blend in with the background. I wanted to get as many candid shots as I could that the happy couple could laugh over and treasure for a long time.

It was during my efforts at attaining this state of photographic perfection that I came across a scene that was hilarious as much as it was thought provoking in its own way. While the newly married couple had taken to the dance floor for their first dance as man and wife, the guests had gathered around to admire their grace. This though, was not the moment that remains in my memory as a candid camera moment.

No, it wasn't the picture of the happily dancing couple, but instead the picture that caught my eye was that of their friends and relatives all more or less huddled together as close as they could get to the best view point of the dance floor. It was nighttime, and only the floor was softly lit, so in that dim gloom it was amusing to see so many blue screens all held up in their owners' hands pointed all in the same direction, towards the couple.

Just about everybody with a phone camera was out there snapping merrily away, some even taking videos. This might seem normal and not even remotely funny - especially if you do the same thing yourself, but to me it was a sign of the times.

And what was amazing was that no one even noticed this highly unnatural phenomenon of over a dozen people all with phone cameras in their hands and all looking into the their screens, instead of the dancing couple.

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