My culture exploration here in Hyderabad, India took me to CHARMINAR; one of the major monuments and tourist attractions in Hyderabad. The Charminar Mosque is among one of the most recognised structures in India which attracts tourist globally. It was built in 1591.
Paying a visit to this mosque, i was distracted by something else; I took a special interest in watching other visitors as they capture every bit of their experiences with their mobile phones. The truth is that, you cannot but be overwhelmed with what you see; the details in the architectural design and the aesthetics. If you are not a photographer or there with a camera, your mobile phone automatically becomes handy as you may want to capture, document and share this experience on Facebook with friends, families and let them know Waz-Up.
From Chaminar, I bring you this report on what I call PHONETOGRAPHY
The word phone-tography was coined out of PHONE AND PHOTOGRAPHY. I am sure you know what this is all about; the act of taking photographs with mobile phones. You do that too, right? It’s one of the fastest way of documenting events at a short notice or when you are unprepared. Facebook has made this tradition more popular with most people trying to document and post pictures of everything that happens in their daily lives for friends to see and make comments. Going to a new restaurant, meeting a new boyfriend, travelling, dancing, singing, drinking, wedding….the list of images that can be shared on Facebook is endless, depending on the mood of the individual. I remember recently seeing a picture of a friend crying on Facebook and under it was few words in memory of her late dad. She took this shot herself with her mobile phone and immediately posted it on Facebook for friends and families to be a part of this emotional pain. This is how far people can go with the mobile phone.
What a great innovation Technology has brought to our lives. I am sure you do that too and at several occasions, you must have said to yourself, “what is the need for a photographer when you are able to take good shots with your mobile machine which also serve other purposes: phone calls, chat, email, whatsapp, bb, data base for all your contacts?”
Are you a PHONETOGRAPHER ? What do you document with your mobile phones or camera? How skilled are you in PHONE-TOGRAPHY? Do you think you still need the services of a photographer? Share your views on PHONE-TOGRAPHY and why you think we still need the services of a PHOTOGRAPHER. I will appreciate contributions from PHOTOGRAPHERS too.
Bye for now