16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
If you don't share, were you really there?
‘If you don’t share, were you really there?’ questions the behaviour of visitors in art museums through their use of mobile phone photography. The baffling impulse that motivates visitors to capture and share museum photographs online has legitimately impacted the art institution. It draws a parallel between the physical absence of the tangible artwork and the transient life of a single image posted online. The photograph taken and shared disappears into an unprecedented flow of online images. Capturing and sharing a social media souvenir has become a priority for museum visitors, whose behaviour expresses their wish to see the most by spending the least amount of time in a specific space. This fast viewing experience generates an act of looking that prevents contemplation and is mostly encouraged by mass-consumptive, contemporary tourism that offers visits to countries, cultural institutions or sightseeing attractions the quickest way possible. This fast tourism incites individuals to capture the essential part of their trip by the quickest way possible: their mobile phones.
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||Nov. 24, 2018, 1:08 p.m.