In a fun series entitled Time Travel, Budapest-based photographer Flóra Borsi encourages a Where’s Waldo? game of sorts. You won’t be looking for a character wearing a striped shirt. Instead, try to spot the woman holding digital camera craftily trying to sneak photos of famous celebrities among hordes of fans and press.
It’s an interesting take on what concerts or press events nowadays look like. People have traded in their lighters for more flashy equipment such as smartphones and other camcording devices. I even find that the lesser of two evils because I’ve seen iPads being held up in the air to capture photos or videos, regardless of how much of a nuisance it may be to other viewers.
How would time travel affect life as we know it? Capture the most important events in history, upload to instagram, twitter, facebook? If time travel did indeed become a reality, how would it affect our world as we currently experience it? I imagined how I would to do! My inspiration was a Charlie Chaplin Movie.
The series is a glimpse into what life may have been like if digital cameras were around during these past eras. Would we have more photos of Kim Kardashian or of Marilyn Monroe if she were still around today? Elvis or Justin Bieber? Technology is a double-edged sword, but with more methods of documentation comes more extensive documentation. This reality was demonstrated in the manhunt for the pair responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings wherein authorities poured over countless photos and videos of the event to piece together the events that unfolded. Without modern technology, we might be faced with a very different outcome.
The photo series comes across as a humorous one, especially once you notice Borsi’s fangirl-y expressions. I imagine that sort of simulated excitement is to be expected if you are a fan and happened to be standing that close to The Beatles. When people see famous personalities, their first instinct is to reach for their cameras and snap photos whereas before, you might have been contented with an autograph. How times have changed.
I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.