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Today your no-bullsh*t podcast about being a blogging nomad asks:
“How Do I Document Without Being an A**hole?”
Ever come across shareable moments, reach for your camera, and suddenly get hit by a wave of “”UGH, obnoxious tourist” shame?
Can’t stand the thought of being that person with a selfie-stick?
Ever ask yourself:
- What’s the point? There are a million photos of this on the internet.
- Am I giving up living in the moment?
- Am I missing a chance to capture good content?
- Can I enjoy an experience AND document it?
- Am I ruining things for people around me?
- Should I apologize for taking pictures?
- Is there a way to capture cultural performances without being a total a**hole? (spoiler alert: there is!)
This episode is for you!
Links to references made in the podcast:
- Berna’s article about representation: Brown Girl You Belong
How Berna feels when attempting to document her travels
Jema reveals why taking photos can feel icky (but doesn’t have to!)
What Jema does (and recommends you do!) if it feels weird taking photos or videos
Berna reveals the worst case scenario she fears when she’s nervous about taking photos.
What Jema used to do when she felt weird about taking photos. what she does now, and how people react
Why Jema hates selfie-sticks… it’s probably not what you think.
Why your photo matters, even though it’s being captured by thousands of other people.
A quote about your responsibility to do what you can to impact those around you
Jema’s answer to being in the moment vs. being distracted by thoughts about “production value.”
A homework recommendation for getting rid of worrying about what other people think
How Berna couldn’t bring herself to take photos of cultural performers – especially having been one.
Jema’s two stories – one she loved, one she hated – about people taking photos of her
How you can take cultural photos… and feel good about it!
What Berna gave herself for homework from the episode (You can do it with her!)
What Berna wants to talk about next week
Bern’a homework results from last week
How listeners can get their Ticket 2 Blog fix between episodes
What Berna’s most dreading in her nomad life this week
What Jema is dreading
We’re so grateful to Pitx for our music. We grabbed a snippet of (modified) their work, which we get to use thanks to this legalese.