‘Look Up’ – A spoken word film for an online generation written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk.
‘Look Up’ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.
The great irony of this is that the video is on its way to being super viral and everyone will see it because of shares on fb, tweets and blogs. But its something we all should see. Over the last couple of months, I purposefully have made it a point to chill out on my twitter/fb/ig game because I was just doing too much.
I happened to come back from a long trip a couple of months ago and noticed (because I was 1000s of miles away with shaky internet connection), that being disconnected is not as nearly as difficult to handle as you would think it is. Sometimes you are a lot better off because of it.
Now, by no means am I one of those guys who thinks that phones and iPads should be put away for days on end, but I don’t think a lot of the times me miss some of the simple pleasures in life, because we are too busy trying to post it somewhere and tell all our friends about it.
We love sharing (thats awesome) and we live in an aspirational and recommendational (not a word) society and its fun to know what our friends are up to, in to, and experiencing. But sometimes, its nice, to just take a mental picture instead of an instagram picture. When I was in Thailand, I had a moment…. I was standing in front of a giant marble buddha that was on the side of a mountain, made with marble from China thats taken over 8 years to build and its still not done.
I wanted to take a lot of pictures and I had my phone and my DSRL and I had a compact with me, but there was about 20 minutes that I couldn’t even take a picture. I wanted to remember it in my mind rather than on a hard drive or a computer screen. I wanted to tell people about it and not show them pictures on Facebook. I wanted to conversate about it, and hear their thoughts about it, rather than seeing how many likes I could get. I changed a little bit. Not a lot, but a little bit. And in that moment, I said to myself, stop with the fucking pictures bro, enjoy yourself, enjoy the moment, its better that way.
* Is it just me, or does Gary’s cadence once the spoken word gets going, remind you of The Streets and Geezers Need Excitement?