Hipsters. That’s right today we are discussing the ever hated on group from the social fringe. A little over a week ago, I had people submit ideas of what they wanted me to write about in my blog. Whichever got the most likes I would write about. Only one suggestion even got liked and this is it.
“Make it a photo blog/social experiment. Go and take pictures of all the hipsters that pass one spot on campus in an hour. Then comment on the fact that they all look the same, even though that destroys the very nature of the movement.”
The others were mostly scientific conundrums which I would be totally unqualified to write on. Not that being unqualified has ever stopped me from writing about something before. The bigger problem is that such topics are very hard to make very entertaining.
So here is the photographic journey of my social experiment. I include here a number of things I learned, many of which have nothing to do with hipsters.
- I’m only slightly more qualified to talk about hipsters than I am to talk about holes in the space time continuum. As in I’m not very qualified.
- There are not all to many hipsters running around BYU campus. At least not where I was sitting. Maybe the student center is too mainstream? Maybe I would have found more if I had turned around and faced the fine arts building.
- I am not very good at stealth camera work. Because I was trying to look like I was taking pictures of nearby buildings and not the people walking by, I got a number of not very good shots. Like these:
- Nobody seems to care that if you look like you’re randomly snapping pictures of really uninteresting objects.
- Apart from being bad in general stealth photography, I’m still getting used to my new camera. And I’m not really sure how to use it yet.
- Sometimes people actually read my blog, and it always kind of surprises me. I don’t think I’m that interesting.
- Speaking of which my blog has gotten like 20 views as I’ve been writing this. Why? I haven’t even posted anything new for a few days.
- Reflecting on the pictures that I got that were good, most of them weren’t actually all that hipstery. Like this:
- I may need to broaden my definition of hipster. For one thing you can’t be hipster (in my mind at least) without the glasses.
- Confession: I kind of like the glasses. I actually kinda like a lot of the hipster style.
- The wikipedia article on hipsters is kind of interesting. And we all know how I feel about wikipedia.
- The origins of the word hipster are actually from a 1940′s subculture.
- Sometimes I like to pretend that I’m not bad at stealth photography and that hipsters are just ninjas. Therefore they are able to walk out of the frame before I snap the picture and I get something that looks really dumb.
- Also sometimes I need to be better at focusing on my mission. By and far the best hipster I saw, I didn’t get a picture of because my FHE dad came up and started distracting me.
- I’m not actually very good at using wordpress. It took me forever to figure out how to make these pictures align like I wanted them too. And now that I know, it turns out it’s not actually that hard.
- I tried to take a video, for a bit. My memory card is stupid though and wouldn’t hold more than 30 seconds.
- My voice sounds weird to me when I hear a recording of it. But I think that happens to most people.
- Hipsters can be nice. One of my favorite photos to snap was this guy. Not only did I manage to actually get a good picture of him, he was so convinced that I was trying to take a picture of the library (or whatever was behind him) that he apologized for accidentally walking in front of the camera and messing up the picture.
Anyway, as for hipsters themselves, I don’t actually have a problem with them. I just consider it another social group. Sure there is the irony that they pride themselves on being different when they all seem more or less alike. Still I don’t think that means they don’t identify with each other any less than members of other stereotyped cliques do. Besides, it was nice outside and I enjoyed just sitting out there, people watching, and listening to my mainstream music. Yes, most of my music is very mainstream, or at least was in the 80′s. Hipsters will be hipsters. In a a few months the general public will find something else to complain about.
And just because I like memes (and for what it’s worth, I did like those before they were cool):