Meaning: the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist
Etymology: word made up by John Koenig, creator of the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
Pronunciation: vem-uh-do-len (‘d’ has to be said like ‘the’)
Usage in a sentence: “He experienced feelings of vemodalen as he captured the Taj Mahal in a frame.”
I won’t pretend to be a good photographer. If you take a peek at my Instagram account, you’ll find only one type of pictures: blurry. Except the poetry edits, of course. The other pictures are all blurry, and you can figure out that I’m a complete dodo when it comes to photography. I’m good at taking candid photos though. Maybe I don’t like the pressure of clicking a good picture? Maybe.
I always experience vemodalen at sea-shores. I go there when I need to get inspired to write a blog post. At the end of these boost-up sessions, I promptly take out my Lumia 630 to click a picture of the waves and sand out there. And every time I do this, I do it with the following reason: “I’ll use this picture for my next blog post!! 😛
When I go home, I find a thousand better pictures of that place, taken by hundreds of photographers. And it thoroughly demotivates me. If it affects a camera-skills-lacking person like me, I wonder how it saddens a skilled photographer!
Share your experiences with vemodalen in the comments section. If you’re an avid photographer, you need to share your vemodalen inducing experience too!
Information sourced at Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows