Camera-free at future dance events


January 22, 2008 8:07 PM

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Last Saturday night at Ambar for Kid Kenobi/Malente, I bumped into another stranger who recognised me from my photos and videos of the clubbing events and raves that I have attended in the past two years. We talked for a while and one question he asked stuck with me:

All those photos and videos that you take at these things, how do you have fun?

My answer:

Well, I don’t. Not completely anyway.

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This is a question that I have pondered about before – Is blogging cramping my “real life”? The gist is that when I’m worrying about the timing and the positioning of taking good pictures and video, I can’t concentrate on enjoying myself. I’m not getting my money’s worth either. Even my friends have noticed this and they’ve asked me many times to just put the camera away and enjoy myself.

I had persisted with it because quite a few people have recognised me at events and have complimented me on my photos. Most have said to me that it’s great how I helped them remember an excellent day or night out. Plus I usually get a lot of web search hits during the days immediately after the event. All this feeds into the cycle: page views and compliments from strangers make me want to do it, and as I do it even more, the more page views I get and the more strangers recognise and talk to me. It’s a buzz.

But I’ve come to realise that most of the events have taken place at the usual venues, and even I’m bored from taking photos at the same places. So unless it’s a truly special event or at a location that I haven’t shown you guys yet, I’ve decided to put my camera away for the events that I go to this year. We’ll see what happens next year.

I followed that rule for the first event this year – Summadayze, and what d’ya know? I had so much fun. 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Camera-free at future dance events

  1. LupinTan

    Mooi, look, you have no obligation in taking photos for you fan-fare out there.

    For me at least, I just treat it as an added bonus because I haven’t been to aussie (for leisure trip) before.

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  2. blur ting

    Yah, it’s always such a dilemma. When I’m traveling in a group, the others will be walking way ahead while I’d be far behind shooting stuff. Then again, they get to enjoy the pictures I take of them.

    Plus, it’s always good to look back at the places we have been and events we had been to through the photos. It really serves as a perfect way to trace back what i did and when.

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  3. girlstar7

    You could make yourself a rule where you dedicate a certain amount of time to taking photos, and then the rest of the night, just kick back and have fun. Say, maybe half an hour to an hour of photo taking, then the rest of the time is just dancing, and letting yourself go.
    OR like you said only take photos at new events i.e. if you haven’t been to that particular place before. FOr example, if you went to London and went to a rave there, it’d be good to take pics.
    p.s. love the pics of the random ravers, they are always the best!

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  4. mooiness Post author

    Lupin: honestly, a big part of it is for myself too. I get a kick and buzz out of it as I had wrote above.

    blur ting: haha I know that feeling – I’m sometimes lagging behind my friends when we are walking around too. But yeah, if no one else do it I guess it’s up to us cameraholics to do so.

    girlstar7: haha tried that rule – didn’t work. As long as I know I got my camera on me, I am compelled to take what I think are good pictures. Though as you’ve agreed, special events and unique venues are worthy enough for me to bring my camera along.

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  5. herman

    I can definitely relate, the past concerts I went, everytime I took pics / video. I didn’t really enjoyed the show, because I was focusing too much on getting a good shot or a good recording of a show instead of enjoying the performance.

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