Anyway, enough of the dissertation for the moment. I wanted to talk about something else, and that is, about people's behavior whenever they take pictures.
See, there was this two ladies on campus, and they were taking pictures around campus like crazy. They were in the middle of the street, they were in front of the buildings, they were everywhere. They flash their fingers in a V-sign, they smile, they frolic.
Somehow, I do not understand that.
See, I realized that there are various behaviors when one takes photos. There is the person who takes pictures only with people in them. I have some friends whose photo albums in Facebook all involve them in front of some building in some locale, often when in vacation. I do not have a problem with that, but I wonder why for every picture, they have someone in it?
Perhaps it is because they want to prove to the people they know that they have been there. Perhaps it is a way of memorializing the fact that for some time in the past, they have been there. That they have walked the pavement in the Trafalgar Square, that they have stood at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, that they have climbed Machu Picchu.
Then, there is the behavior that I exhibit. I rarely take pictures with myself in it. Perhaps, because I usually travel alone, so nobody is there to take my picture, but even when my friend and I go on roadtrips together, I rarely take pictures of my own. Perhaps, it is because the purpose of my taking photos is to document the beauty of the place that I saw, so that when I browse my photos after the trip, I can reminisce on the wonders of the things that I witnessed. I do not need to have myself in the photograph, perhaps because I do not feel the need to show to other people that I have been in places that they haven't been to yet.
Now, there's the third behavior, that I really do not understand. There are people who take photos of themselves, say, standing in front of a Ferrari. Is that really noteworthy? Everyone knows that the Ferrari you are posing in front of is not yours. So why take a picture of it? That is one behavior that I cannot find an explanation for.
I suppose this is just another one of those human behaviors that exhibit the different value systems different people have. For some people, it is important for them to document the fact that they once stood in front of the dressed-up guard at the Buckingham Palace. For some people, it is important to capture the serene beauty of the Andes. And for some people, it is important to document the fact that they saw what a Ferrari looked like.