Noticings – Game or Sociologist’s Pipe Dream?
November 23, 2009 Leave a comment
I read a blog post at Next Web that peaked my curiosity as a budding photographer. It was this game called Noticings and the main point behind it was to slow down, look around then document via camera/camera phone what you noticed. I immediately thought what a great way to not only give me more practice with my camera but to do something I really need to do when taking pictures – S L OW DOWN!
There are a few rules which are in flux (e.g. a noticing isn’t a person, you can’t submit more than 1 photo of a thing, etc.) and points are awarded for different criteria (being noticed, being the 1st noticing in a neighborhood, etc.). But the thing that is most interesting (other than the excuse to get out and take some photos) are the people. Since the rules are in flux and they have a Get Satisfaction site set up to take questions as well as suggestions, a sociologist could have a field day there. Human nature is always something fun to watch and this game let’s you enjoy it as well as some interesting photographs.
As the creators have said, everyone has their own definition of what a “noticing” is. One man’s interesting is another’s ordinary. I have to remind myself of that some days since there are no real die hard rules. It is interesting to see what playing a game with no real rules brings out in people – humans tend to be naturally competitive. But I play not to compete (I’ve been at the bottom and the top of the standings) but in order to practice the craft or art of photography and make myself slow down (some days I succeed at this and others I do not). So why don’t you play along and see what you notice.