Framed Forever in Time
Posing for photos is not my kind of a thing. I feel very odd and uncomfortable standing waiting to be clicked. Just staring at the camera, I wonder “What am I doing?” waiting to be clicked and frozen in time in a photo shot.
In all probability, the photo will be framed and hung on the wall. Every time I look at the pictures, I wonder “What was I thinking of?”, or “What a picture, I look awful!!”, “Oh! My God look at my smile, just not right!” etc., etc.
The point to be noted is, I do not like being photographed. I don’t mind if someone clicks without my knowledge. The minute someone pipes up “Say Cheese!”, “Smile!”, “Look at the camera” or something along those lines, I freeze. My stomach churns and I look as though I’m going to face the axe.
Say Cheese - Click! Click!
When we are out on a vacation and we want to take a family photo with some awesome nature background, we ask a passerby to take our photo. Bad enough having to be clicked by some total stranger, this stranger is all happy to oblige and grinning from ear to ear.
Then it starts, “Stand closer”, “Put your arms around each other”, “A little to the side”, “Look at the camera”, etc., etc. I wonder silently "When exactly this stranger will press the button", a worrying thought "Will we be frozen in time right here instead of the photo frame?".
Finally out comes the word “Say Cheese”, I silently wonder “Why Cheese?” can’t you think of something else. Cheese is delicious to be eaten “Why Cheese”. There are other lines too that follow and the the friendly coaxing continues.
There are other phrases too which I have come across - “Smile a mile wide”, “Fantastic!! show some teeth”, “Say Yay!” etc., etc.
Hanging on the Wall
Finally, our shot was taken we move on. The priceless part comes when the photo lands up on our wall - hung, trapped in a frame, frozen in time eternity.
A friend enters. The friend takes one look at the photo; I knew what was coming.
Friend – So, you went on a family vacation?
Me – Yes
Friend – Look at you, you are scowling, you could have smiled,
I take one look at the photo and agreed. I could have smiled. The topic does not change.
Friend – Your dress looks pretty. Is that the one you bought in “XYZ” shop?
I looked at the photo - it is an old dress I had bought a long time ago. I mumble some name of a shop I vaguely remembered.
The conversation continues, and I am somewhat relieved when the topic changes.There are many other interesting conversations about our photos on the wall, but I think I will stop with this for now.
Don't get me wrong; I am not against taking photos or family photos or any photos for that matter. I love photography, all kinds of photos, but the minute someone says “Say Cheese” or something along those lines I instantly freeze.
I must say this, even though I do not like to be photographed I am there in so many of them. Photographs are precious moments captured, frozen forever in time to be enjoyed again and again.
Photographs are precious and I cherish each and every one that I have, so go ahead and smile.
Say Cheese - "Click, Click".
Do you like to pose for photographs?
© 2012 Nithya Venkat