Theses are definitely my favourite. There is something to be said for the carefully thought-out, perfectly-posed family photo, or the fun group selfie-stick selfie when you book a Dayton party bus company, but there really is something special about a candid shot. In fact, I think there’s a lot to be said about it. Which is why I’ve decided to write a post about it. The candid is all about capturing the moment as it is; it’s the moment you open that perfect present; it’s your face right after you’ve swallowed that shot of tequila; it’s you shaking hands with your professor as you walk across the stage, so caught up in the moment that you’re not even thinking about your dad’s camera.
I know. This is the type of “photography” that older generations associate with Millennials’ constant need to satisfy the ego (and granted, some people need Hamilton tow trucks to haul their ego around … but they’re not all Millennials); it’s perceived as the ultimate act of vanity, as you take a picture of yourself, and post it on Facebook or Instagram or whatever, so that your friends can “like” it, and tell you how beautiful your are, etc, etc. And other generations think that that is weak and pathetic and selfish. And maybe it is, a bit. I’m not a big selfie-taker myself (although I do have a very soft spot in my hear for Snapchat and its filters). However, I think it’s important to talk about this phenomenon as an indicator of how this generation feels in society, and how technology and expectations oh beauty have come together to create this trend.