REV DAVID FAREY: Capturing the moment versus photographic mockery

David Farey SUS-160113-102615001
David Farey SUS-160113-102615001

I was really quite sad today at seeing something posted on Facebook after the events of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations over the weekend.

I posted for the first time my ‘sad’ response which is one of the newer options under the old ‘Like’ button.

It was a picture of Her Majesty in the vivid green outfit she wore on the Saturday.

I and many others thought it stunning and very much a reflection of her young and vibrant spirit.

The picture I thought sad was a comparison of her with Kermit the Frog from the Muppet Show. I was not amused!

We are bombarded by pictures and visual images today. The internet is so immediate and accessible that pictures abound. When there is an event or disaster anywhere in the world we have pictures almost immediately.

If someone does something stupid, like being badly parked or being openly aggressive then thanks to phone cameras their details are emblazoned across Facebook and the web for all to see.

As a church we are creeping into the twenty first century with our new parish website, and we know the importance of good pictures.

It is good to have a pictorial record of key events. I love old photographs of places I know, like the Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society’s book, Hailsham Through Time.

It is fantastic to see how places change over the years and it helps us to realise that nothing remains the same. It is an important lesson to remember as we witness the current upsurge in house building.

It also perhaps helps us to avoid losing things that are precious when we see the evidence of past mistakes and what has been lost. I also encourage photos at christenings and weddings as they are valuable mementos to look back upon and be reminded of promises made.

Photographic mockery and bad taste is sadly something which is also happening as a result of the ever developing technology. The ease with which pictures can be taken and then broadcast far and wide leads to abuses. Each one of us has a responsibility for how we use the technology at our disposal.

Most people can now capture the moment, but the question to be asked is should we? Some things are best left to the imagination. And one indiscreet moment recorded for posterity can ruin lives.

It is not a matter of legislation but of restraint, respect and due consideration for consequences.

May all the pictures we take, post and see be wholesome! Wouldn’t it make for a happier world?