As part of Intel’s new ‘Visual Life’ video series, the infamous and amazingly talented Scott Shuman, founder of The Sartorialist, contributed this inspiring interview. The things I love about this are the behind-the-scenes feel of it, hearing Shuman’s take on the world of blogging and the visual world we live in, and the gorgeous camera shots.
“…the real joy is having those four or five hours a day to go and just be in the world you’re in, see it, keep your eyes open. And to really relate to what you’re seeing, react to what you’re seeing.”
Living in a city that is so overly visually stimulating, I can totally relate to Shuman’s statement…I mean, to me, there is nothing more invigorating than just realizing where I am and I’m fortunate enough to have the time and energy to explore every inch of it. The people in Paris, like I’ve said before, have this air about them that is irresistible and impossible to imitate. But living amongst them gives you a renewed vigor for life.
“Because of the internet, is the world shrinking? Is it all becoming homogonized? Milan hasnt changed, Paris hasn’t changed, New York hasn’t changed, so I dont think its really homogenizing anything. But, I do think its given us what I like to call ‘a digital park bench’.”
Good question, Scotty…Is the world shrinking because we are all SO connected? Is what we see on the Internet so influential on our lives now that originality is null? It amazes me how quickly trends spread when one blogger posts a picture and then three influential people see it, imitate it, and then their friends all do the same thing, etc, etc. Does that make cultural groups shrink because they are in fact all just imitations of one another?
What if we didn’t have the Internet or the ability to connect anytime we wanted to? I can’t even imagine not having information available at every hour of every day at the snap (or click) of my fingers. For a few weeks in Paris when I didn’t have a smart phone and couldn’t constantly make plans with friends or Google something when I needed to find it, I realized what kind of instincts and resources I had without relying on technology. But that’s not to say that I thought it was better for me.
Paris is the same city to me whether or not I have a map on my cell phone to follow or a person to text and meet, last minute, at a cafe. The city itself still has the same life and atmosphere as it did before those things even existed. The people watching is still world-class and everything about this city makes you feel like you’re part of something bigger. But also, regardless of whether or not I’m living in Paris forever, Shuman has got it right…the Internet has provided all of us, around the world, with access to a ‘digital park bench’ where we can people watch and admire and fall in love a little bit every day with someone or something that is new and exciting and different to us. Blogs and the Internet have opened up worlds that some never even knew existed, or that some will never be able to see off the computer screen. That’s the beauty of it.
I think everyone’s goal in starting a blog is to create a sort of ‘digital park bench’ for the people we care about- if they can’t be there next to us on the actual bench, people watching with us, then they can at least be sharing it with us via the amazing world of the Internet.