In the He Says/She Says series, we discuss financial-ish topics where we agree to disagree.
We’ve mentioned a few times in past posts that a nice camera is a worthy investment for us. And why? Well, neither of us is much of a journal writer, so documenting our life through nice pictures is our way of recording our life’s journey. But in order for our camera to actually be worthy of the money spent on it and give us a justifiable ROI, we have to actually take pictures. Yes, this is true. And herein lies our conundrum.
And so let me share a little secret with you: Johnny hates taking pictures in public. If there are any other people around, and I whip out our camera (as I usually do), he immediately tenses up. I can see it in his eyes: a mixture of anxiety and fear. Oh no, here she goes! is what his expression says to me as I focus the little red dot onto one of his eyeballs. This results in terrible pictures of Johnny and an unpleasant documenting experience for me.
And just so you understand what I mean, I give you some pictures of Disapproving Johnny (this should be a meme) in public:
But I don’t even have to be taking pictures of Johnny. If I’m standing still too long in a crowded area trying to take a picture of some scenic something, Johnny is suddenly on high alert. Are we blocking someone’s path? Are we holding someone up? His face says it all. I can actually smell his stress, and surprisingly it smells like cotton candy. And then sometimes he goes so far to say aloud, “Jo, don’t do it.” or “Jo, let’s keep walking.”
Johnny’s anxiety makes me feel like lifting the camera to my eye causes a ginormous crossing gate to lower from my backside and block anyone within ten feet of me. And a loud speaker announces, “Alert, Alert. Joanna is taking a picture. You will be inconvenienced until she is done.”
Although Johnny’s stress toward public picture taking is kind of distracting at times, I’m otherwise not deterred. I just don’t get where he’s coming from. It’s not like I’m the only person taking pictures in public. And I’ve had to wait while other people take pictures plenty of times — and I have never minded at all. I kind of enjoy seeing others’ photo-ops. And let’s say my stock-still picture-taking self does force people to take a slight detour. It’s never for more than a couple seconds. I’ve never once had someone get annoyed at me about it. Well, except Johnny.
Should I continue my shameless ways? Do you tend to follow my thinking, or are you more like Johnny when it comes to striking a pose around hordes of strangers?