With Smartphones at our fingertips, and photo apps like Instagram, it’s easier than ever to share our personal perspectives with the world. It’s quite amazing if you think about it. In a matter of seconds, we can share what we’re doing, who we’re with, and even cause our “followers” to drool over the food we post pictures of. With clever hash tags, of course. Not to mention “selfies”. Which, believe it or not, have been around since the camera was invented. View the collection of vintage selfies!
We upload our lives in less time it takes to set up a real film camera. For better or for worse, this Smartphone revolution is transforming, or at least widening our definition of “photography”. Are we all photographers now, with this technology? There are Instagram professionals out there- (yes you read that right!), who’ve actually printed out their phone-made photos and sold them in galleries, for a pretty penny!
While most people can take a decent picture now-a-days, that doesn’t necessarily mean the art form of real photography is dead and gone. In fact, there seems to be a rise in the appreciation of this highly-respected art form. It makes sense we’d hold onto the original form, as modern day “photography” is so common, it feels like less of an art, and more of a feature on a phone, because it is.
A national survey commissioned during National Photography Month revealed the following interesting facts:
Our nation now takes more photographs than ever through mobile phones and affordable digital cameras but 64% of people do not print out and keep hard copies of their photographs.
The survey revealed that 77% of people now don’t make albums because they think it would be too time consuming, complicated or are ashamed of the quality of their pictures.
The survey also demonstrated that 37% of people have lost important images that are special to us and this figure is much worse for younger photographers, where almost 70% of the age group 16 – 24 have lost treasured pictures due to their reliance on modern digital technology.
Photography is one of our most powerful connections to our shared memories, emotions and self-expression.