Tuesday, 2 October 2007

When the camera becomes your friend...literally.

Sometimes, whilst generally time wasting and looking through the latest uploads from my friends on The Book, it's hard to tell if they've gone out to catch up with friends and get pissed, or just to take, upload, tag and discuss photos the next day.
Serious. Take the regularly updated online albums of a group of friends from college that I'll call The Fabulous Five. Every Monday morning there'll be a new set of let's say 50 photos of a few of them out in some trendy Covent Garden, Camden, Brick Lane or another equally name-droppable area of London, posing unashamedly into the digital camera lens; sometimes exaggeratedly and other times because that just seems to be their natural reaction when someone pulls out a camera. We all know it makes for a flattering picture, or at least it does for those who make their living from the photos taken of them (Victoria Beckham, Keira Knightley, the Olsen twins to name a few). However, when it comes to us mere mortals, the latest fashion in drunken instructions from the camera holder seem to be "flash those cheekbones, or, if you've done it too much lately, do it as a self-deprecating joke".

Its got to the point where I cringe everytime I see the words "The Fabulous Five have created a new photo album" appear on the home page, this time actually titled in reference to their cheekbone baring antics (and of course, the venue / area of London...if it's worth mentioning). It's oh-so-hilarious for those involved, yet distinctly cringeworthy for everyone else, their viewing public. Underneath it all, you know that joking aside, they pose because they think it looks good and makes for an attractive picture. Personally, I think smile wins over pout in the attractiveness stakes. That's not to say they're not having a whale of a time, but you do wonder if a night out without the resident digital camera would give them quite as much pleasure as one with. True, the best photos are those that remind you of a night out and all it's drunken debauchery; but what if the photos show less of where you went, what you wore and what you did, and more the same faces occupying the whole picture, pulling the same poses, in the familiar background of a nondescript bar which is unrecognisable from last week's adventure in central London save from the fact that it's advertised in the album title.

The thing is, there are so many better things to take photos of. Like your mate chatting to the resident ming-mong in a corner by the bar, the moment when you all collapse on the floor after a school corridor yell of 'BUNDLLLEE!', the 5 shots of Hangover Juice lined up on the bar with their accompanying salt and lemon, or err, one of your party putting her long hair in between her nose and lip, pretending she has a moustache in front of a wall mural of Gandhi.
To all this I say thank god that digital cameras give you the option of making separate folders for new photos, I can only imagine the confusion these Fabulous girls would suffer otherwise in recounting their crazy nights. I also offer some advise for anyone else trapped in the vicious circle of posing over and over again: yes, the occassional snap of your exquisite bone structure is a necessity for any night out, I have many. But smiling is underrated, and together with the odd photo of the ceiling, makes for an altogether better photo album.

9 comments:

London-Lass said...

They're obvious suffering from the condition of `taking oneself too seriously'. I hear it's quite common these days.

London-Lass said...

obvious = obviously! (obviously)

PS : I'm typing next to a draughty window right now and my knuckles are refusing to work properly.

AFC 30K said...

Yes, I know some people like that but they are not so intune with facebook - it is very cringe worthy.

Jo said...

londonlass - Yeah that disease is spreading like wildfire. I hear its recognised by pouting, inability to take a joke and going to celebrity nightclub haunts.

afc - Urgh, the day they appear on facebook will be the day you resign from it!

Julia Buckley said...

I know what you mean. I virtually never take photos, because I always forget, guess I'm too busy getting on with it!

Miss Understood said...

I will take all of that on board and try to return from London without anything too cringeworthy!

Steph said...

I detest those posey Myspace/facebook pics.
The only time I pull that shit is when I'm home alone, bored and in front of the bathroom mirror....of course they always end up as my profile pics on blogger...haaaaaaaaaahaha!

pink jellybaby said...

agree agree agree. A few is ok, but usually when it's messing around, taking the piss out of youself....

Jo said...

Julia - exactly, although when I do remember to take photos I go a bit mental and come back with about 100, usually of people's hair, the ceiling, the floor etc...

Miss Understood - Ah! enjoy London, remember: smile don't pose!

Steph - Thats the thing, you know they're posing like hell beacuse all the photos will end up on facebook. Arrrghhhhhhh....drives me mad!

PJB - Exactly, the odd one is fine..but these girls its literally every single photo. Oh aren't they just crrrazzzy

 

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