[sc:bitbucket-category ]So this weeks post is a little off the beaten path for my normal topics, but none the less here it goes.
I was on vacation recently in Europe, I was in Berlin at the parliament building (the Reichstag) waiting to go up to the rooftop observation area when I overheard a conversation. It was two grandparents with their grandson (English-speaking, sounded slightly southern US, but not certain) touring the city. It went something like this:
Grandfather: “So do you want to wait to go up?”
Grandson: “I don’t know, it says the dome is closed and theirs no photography allow…”
Grandmother: “It doesn’t sound like it’s worth the wait.”
Grandmother: “I just don’t want to have brought you all this way and then you regret not going up when we get home.”
Grandson: “No, that’s ok let’s just take some pictures of the outside.”
The thought that came to me was “If you don’t have a photo to show off to your friends is an experience worth it?”
It seemed this group certainly thought so. The experience wasn’t complete for them without some way to show others they had done it.
And I guess that’s what I don’t get about travel photo’s. For me the experience is what I go for. I don’t care if anyone else knows, I know and that’s more than enough.
Of course once I went up the view was great and you could take photo’s (you were only not allowed to take photo’s in the security area’s). And I did take a few but the experience would have been well worth it even if had to leave my camera with security (and when I say camera, I mean phone 😉