I was scanning through the images of some of my friends, and learned something apropos of many digital photographers. SteveFE took a photo of his daughter checking a picture, but according to the title she wasn't chimping.
Here is the photo, with a link back to the original image.
Eleanor checking something (but not chimping)
Chimping referes to digital photographers constantly checking their images as they take them. Associated behaviours include, and I quote,
- when a photographer’s sounds and actions of reviewing frames on-scene appear similar to the actions of an excited monkey. (Oooh! Oooh! Aaah!)
- when a photographer is completely absorbed in the act of admiring a photo or proudly showing it off to others
- by experienced photographers to describe the actions of "wannabe" photographers
- Having several digital photographers together will result in group chimping either during or after the event they are shooting. This is similar to actual chimpanzee grooming, which is a social activity.
I have to confess that I have succumbed to acting out the second item on occasion. I have also seen people doing this a lot, especially at primate gatherings such as weddings, baby showers, etc.
I expect to see social psychologists and social anthropologists exploring this behaviour with great enthusiasm,in the best tradition of Jane Goodall. Eventually I hope to take a few pictures of those studying the new sub-discipline of chimpingology. Then when I show these images to friends, I guess you could call that metachimping, or metapaparazzi, or even metaphotography.
I like Flickr.