Working on a short assignment for TODAY, I was tasked to photograph ‘tourists in Singapore’. I quickly realised how similar everyone looked, brandishing smartphones and selfie-sticks to capture themselves, to prove their presence at sites of interest.
This behaviour crossed age and cultural divides – perhaps a result of an unconscious cultural evolution. How else can we prove that we have been to a certain place? Are we able to fully appreciate our journeys through the window of a 6″ screen? Over the days, it seemed to me to be an never ceasing ebb and flow of people looking to ‘snap and go’.
Perhaps it’s time to spend less time looking and more time seeing.