Your Lens Life

“There are no bad pictures. That’s just how your face looks sometimes.”

– Abraham Lincoln.

What is your relationship with the camera lens? Are you one for taking a lot of photos? Are you more inclined to remain at the back of a photo, or even avoid being in them? Do you use a camera or is photography now all in your mobile/cell phone? Are you a considered photographer, a snappper or somewhere in-between? How do you store your photos; are you one for sharing in albums on social media, do you print photos and store them in a physical photo album or do they simply stack up on your phone or computer?

There are so many options for us, today, in how we take, present and store photos. People around my age or older (I’m nearly fifty), will have grown up in a time when cameras were the only option. We had to insert camera film, then this moved to discs and digital. Of course, we also had the polaroid instant print cameras. I loved those. It does seem bizarre that we would once trundle down to the chemist or specialist camera shop and drop off film rolls and wait, sometimes weeks, for them to be developed and ready to be picked up! That said, the news of your photos being ready for collection was always a moment of excitement; especially since we would mostly take photos only for special occasions or events.

Over time, we have evolved the technology and culture that sees us take photos far more frequently and that we then share these photos onto social media. I have recently made a change to this aspect of my life. I simply no longer take many photos of my life but I do still take photos, just fewer and often for my social media and web site projects. It’s proven to feel a thoroughly liberating change. For example, my photo albums on Facebook are listed year by year. The last year I posted was 2019. I’m happier to let more things be simply consigned to memory but I am also making greater use of video as a recording medium, instead.

The advent of digital cameras has been incredible but I do wonder at what future generations will have, to physically hold? I mean, I have a fair few photos that have been handed down from my grandparents and parents, to me. I also have photos passed on to me by friends of family members in the 1800’s; taken by the very first cameras. With our digital images, how many of us are actually printing photos? Thankfully, the creation of photo-books evolved and now people are using these as a way to celebrate events of occasions, increasingly. Perhaps it will be these books that future generations will hold onto and be able to sit and flick through together? How much of how we live will be lost, simply because we delete and trash and lose so much that is online? What of people who simply decide to stop taking quite so many photos of their lives, like me, and move more to video? I suspect video will be less likely to survive into the future, in the way photos have been handed down.

How does the camera lens feature in your life, today? Do you keep physically printed pictures? Do you store physical albums or create photo-books? Are you one for documenting life with a myriad of photos, snapped as you go about life or are you inclined to just leave life to your memory? Perhaps you are somewhere in-between? How do you feel about video as a way to capture the memories of life?

Do feel free to share your thoughts, below. We live in an interesting time of change and innovation and so it is interesting to consider.

Post by: Deano Parsons.

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