Capturing The Castle; Put The Camera Down and Bounce

Photography is an amazing thing isn’t it? It stops time. It captures a moment that will never be again. It allows you to see into the past. It allows you to see that time you visited Niagara Falls and went on the maid in the mist with the family. The day you hired a Bouncy Castle out for a garden party. You can see the children’s faces when they visited Disney for the first time. Your honeymoon. Your childhood. Photography creates the most beautiful deception, because it puts things that were, within the reach of your finger tips now. It allows you to see a moment again and again, and with moments being as precious as they are, photography is nothing short of a miracle.

So why shouldn’t you take photos of everything? Why shouldn’t you take photos of your mum and dad; photos of the children when they’re young; photos of every event, every party, every gathering?

Photography is a lie.

Don’t get me wrong, the occasional photo is great, to commemorate or just capture a moment that triggers a memory, but to be so click happy that you weren’t actually involved? A camera can act as a barrier between you and reality. You’ll later look back and recall the memory fondly, but it’ll just be the ghost of a memory if you never actually participated. You may as well Photoshop your face into a picture of an event you were never at.

Imagine, that day that you got the bouncy castle hire in Basildon, do you want loads of pictures of everyone else having fun; of the children bouncing up and down, doing somersaults and crashing against the big inflatable walls. Or do you want to take one picture that will bring you back to the moment that you ran up on the bouncy castle with them and played with them all day until you all fell asleep, exhausted from having so much fun?

Photography can be magic. It can transport you to a place in time that you never want to forget, it can remind you of things you’ve done and places that you’ve been. Alternatively it can steal your experience away – whilst you stand back and capture everyone else, you’re missing out. And it isn’t just you that will miss your presence in amongst the action. Your friends and your family will notice that you aren’t there.

Photographs are nice. But when you’re older and you have your family sitting around you and your discussing the past, do you want be heard saying “Do you remember the time that you and your friends played on the bouncy castle?” or would you prefer to be heard saying “Remember that time we had a bouncy castle in the garden, and we all fell asleep because we were chasing each other around for such a long time?” Wouldn’t you prefer to be involved?

I love photography, it reminds me that those moments are fleeting and that in order to really capture as many as possible, sometimes you just have to put the camera down and jump onto the bouncy castle, have fun, and share moments. So, give it some thought – do you want to watch life, or do you want to live it? I say jump on the bouncy castle and make that moment last. 

Paul is your friendly neighborhood poet. He spends  an unhealthy amount of his time writing about bouncy castles for Mega Leisure and writing poetry until his girlfriend yells at him. If it wasn’t for an enthusiastic addiction to poetry he’d probably be rich by now. 

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