I Miss Organic Photography

Take a look at your newsfeed on any social media platform and you’ll notice a couple of things:

  • People really like to share funny and/or inspirational viral videos, recipes and inspirational quotes.
  • They also share the happy moments in their live; and, while there’s nothing wrong with that, sometimes they’re ONLY sharing the happy moments.

Now I know, there are two (or more) sides to every story, and some people really do live extraordinarily happy and fulfilling lives and others choose just not to share their dirty laundry (<<<this is me!)

Social media has done wonders for people the world over, helping people connect in ways that weren’t possible before and keeping families in touch with what’s going on in each other’s lives.

There are also downsides to letting social media and the things we post (or don’t) dictate the face we show to the world. The biggest one for me is the lack of organic interaction and candid moments.

People just don’t share photos anymore, they share selfies. They take dozens of photos of themselves and/or others and/or their food, just to share one…usually with the hashtag #MyLife. When, in reality, it’s not their life. It’s a glorified picture shoot – staring themselves and using their surroundings as a stereotypical backdrop.

I miss organic photography. Here’s a quick look at 40 historic photos and these taken during the Great Depression and these taken by the late Vivian Maier, a woman who captured the essence of everyday life.

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Here are a few I took on a rainy day, with my new 50mm lens!

There are thousands upon thousands of photographs just like these – all taking a look into the depth of what it means to be human, what it means to be alive – and they’re all unique, at the same time.

It’s just something that I miss and wish we would see more of.

The Leap Second – It’s like Y2K all over again

The world’s time will be forever changed today when a 61st second is added onto the last minute of the day.

This so-called “leap second” isn’t something new, in fact, scientists around the world have been adjusting clocks since 1972 – making this the 25th time an adjustment has been made.

So, why do we care and what does it really mean?

This extra second is what keeps the world’s “official” clocks, and the world’s computers, in sync with the rotation of the earth. The problem: some of the world’s computers aren’t exactly up-to-speed software-wise and don’t adjust well to this change.

We add on the extra time

In 2012 the world saw a “leap second” when it happened and again when companies such as Reddit, LinkedIn, Gimodo and FourSquare experienced glitches as their network clocks failed to read the extra second; financial markets were also impacted.

Just like Cinderella, 8 p.m. EST might be a good time to fall in love update your Facebook status before the world’s computers (potentially) crash. (I’m only kidding!)

The silver lining in all of this is that people really shouldn’t see an impact – I mean, Google says they won’t “go down” as they created a workaround in 2005 after their systems stopped responding to commands, so we’re good. We can continue Googling on to our heart’s content.

Will the leap second ever go away?

Some say YES, it definitely should since every time it happens there are always a few unforeseen problems. The International Telecommunication Union will meet in November and vote on abolishing the leap second.

While they’re at it, could we also do away with daylight savings time? I’m all for “endless summer days”…but when the sun sets at 8:30 p.m., on average, in Florida that’s just pushing it a little bit in my book.