Put me in the shot

This is going to sound like a bit of a rant but I really don’t get the logic behind the modern rule that tourists must all take photos of themselves standing in front of tourist locations. Now when I stand on a cliff, or in front of monument, I like to shoot just that. I don’t need a mugshot of myself to prove that I was there. In fact in some locations I prefer to avoid having people in the shot if I can avoid it.

It started a number of years ago with the Japanese and we laughed when we saw them do it. But now it seems to have spread to all nationalities.

I am sure the rise of Facebook and the desire to get profile images is partly to blame.

There appear to be two very different groups.

There are those will cellphones who are not quite so disruptive, as they tend to hold the phone at arm’s length so they don’t take up much space.

It is those with proper cameras that are most annoying when they position someone on one side of a path and then stand on the other and completely block it. On our recent trip to Australia we even had people arranging whole families with complete disregard to the chaos it was causing around them.

So my plea is simple. Think of others while on holiday.

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