The blot on the christmas landscape turned out to be my obsession with taking photos and recording verything. I used to complain at my Mum who made us all pose for photos. But I really thought I was different. I tend to just snap at what's there, without alerting people. But then I found myself getting a bit obsessed over Christmas, trying to take photos of each stage of the proceedings, as though I needed a photo for the event to happen. And of course, if I took a photo, Mum took one. Except that she makes a big fuss and gets everyone to smile, and it all gets a bit stressy. I realised that it had all got a bit out of control when both hubbie and dear sister complained. And I felt really embarassed because I could then see how silly all my photo taking had got :-(
So there has to be a balance somewhere. I really believe that family history and records are made up of photos, and I'm so glad my Mum took so many when we were kids and growing up. A family's past lies in its photos and artefacts and stories and communal memory. But there has to be a point where you think "I don't need a photo of this." I think I've been taking more photos since I've been using LiveJournal and 43things. It feels like an entry isn't complete without an illustration. But what do you all think? Do you find yourself taking too many photos? Do your families mind when you snap away at things? Do you ever catch yourself taking a photo and thinking "Stop, this is ridiculous, I don't need to record this"?