Being Present

Yesterday evening I watched from the comfort of my home office the celebrations in London as 2020 was ushered in. There was a large crowd waiting in anticipation for Big Ben to strike midnight. What struck me most was the sea of phones held up to the sky waiting to capture what would be a 15-minute extravaganza of fireworks and music. Were they hoping to bottle a memory of a festive evening or to catch that amazing shot to impress their friends and family?

I reflected for a moment how often I have witnessed an event and focused my attention on the view through the lens of my camera or the screen on my phone, How many times have I forgotten to drink in the whole scene and enjoy a spectacular sunset, a rainbow following a storm or the laughter of friends. Distance and a computer screen allowed me to take in the New Year celebration as it unfolded in London and I felt a wave of emotion watching a view of my former home. It was a poor substitute for being there, but would I have missed this sensation if I had been among the crowd with my camera pointed at the sky?

Whether you are professional photographer, or a happy amateur remember to be present and enjoy the moment itself. Put down your camera and savor the miracles that unfold in front of us daily.

“Life is available only in the present moment. If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply.” Thich Nhat Hanh

3 thoughts on “Being Present

  1. Hi Anne, I couldn’t agree more. I’m astounded at concerts and public events how many people “watch” through their phone. Why? What do they do with all those videos? (I know, social media…) When I travel, I force myself to put my camera down to look and listen….and see.


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