Thursday, October 27, 2011

In the Picture

At many public events these days it seems that almost every hand is clutching a camera-phone, and every eye is watching the world through a screen. Very often, many of those hands get in my way. And if they’re recording a video, rather than a quick snap, it’s worse: they’re almost as big a nuisance as TV camera operators, blocking the view for the duration.

Most professionals have enough self-awareness to avoid making things too difficult for fellow photographers working close by, but the phone-wielders only have eyes for their screens – and there’s a limit to the number of times that can make a picture.

The phone pictured above shows WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange speaking to a crowd at the recent Occupy the London Stock Exchange protest. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, it’s a Samsung. More pictures here.