As I replay the day’s events in my head, it’s already 1:30am. What else could I do? – My daughter’s not-so-moving plea (which actually sounded more like a command) comes to mind, “No more pictures!” was mad at me for secretly taking pictures of her during her acro dance class. In fact, her strength and sheer willpower amaze me, and I want to put together a montage of her back walkovers, handstands, and twisting movements of her body. She didn’t have it. “Put your phone away!” She glared at me before performing another daredevil acrobatic move.
she’s right. I use the phone a lot. But in my defense, it’s mostly for taking pictures of her. In fact, most of her 30,000 photos on the cloud are of her. I love photography and have been a “snapshot lover” long before cell phones existed.
I was given my first camera when I was seven years old. It was a Brownie Bullet, a wonderful, square, magical film camera that fit perfectly in my little hands. We were very proud to be trusted with such a beautiful device. I carefully loaded the film and carefully photographed what I deemed to be of value. Film was expensive. It wasn’t in vain. I took the camera out on a special occasion and received permission to take it and use it on a school trip at the end of the year. I clasped my hands tightly. Despite our best efforts, out of all the rolls we took, only one photo of him or two of her turned out to be “keepers.”
My father was probably one of the most interesting men I’ve ever known, an avid photographer, and that year he built a dark room in our attic. I spent hours there with him, watching the pictures magically appear in chemical baths under the reddish tint of the darkroom’s safelight. Of course I took a lot of family photos, but I also took a lot of art, street, and nature photos. He taught me to lie still for hours in the grass to capture the soulful expressions of lonely cows, to wake up before dawn to watch the mist over the marshes lift, to watch the cow’s lined leather She taught me the importance of seeing all the beauty in a face like this. Neighborhood matriarch with beautiful door symmetry. (I love door. I will discuss my specific obsessions in more detail in another post. )
In the 70s, photography was mainly limited to special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, summer vacations, and trips abroad. These were shot on chrome film and were often viewed as a family slide show, but I put them in the slide projector the wrong way, so every third or fourth photo would end up upside down. Anyone who had to sit through Uncle Harry’s 200 poorly constructed and boring slides on his recent trip will know what I’m talking about. There were also hilarious photos from the last big family party which I loved. (I’m French-Canadian and my parents come from large families, so I have a lot of relatives). While adults used to think of slideshows as the perfect excuse to get together, drink copious amounts of cocktails, and make hilarious comments about what the presenter thought was a work of art, we kids thought it was a joke. or eating potato chips with a group of people. (Don’t you feel nostalgic? Take a look at this mad men clip. Don Draper talks about Kodak’s slide projector carousel. ) But that’s the story.
Before cell phones, families had about a dozen photos of themselves and their loved ones on display in their homes. Today, the average American middle-class family is “walking in the middle class.” 85 photos About yourself and your pets. ” And those are physical photos that someone took the time to print. When it comes to electronic photography, the numbers are huge. According to Omnicore Agency, Instagram alone has 1 billion monthly active users. And of those users, 120.7 million are from the United States. World wide, instagram user Over 100 million photos and videos are uploaded to Instagram every day.I feel like it’s now 124 Post I feel like I’m not trying hard enough. Ha!
That’s just Instagram users. Even the least tech-savvy people take dozens of photos a day. Thanks to digital files and mobile phones with more memory than personal computers ever had, we can now capture the perfect photo of the moment we want to remember forever, or remember. You can take photos to your heart’s content.
Our obsession with capturing every moment, every smile, every concert, outing, and experience continues to evolve. As recently as two years ago, many people believed that taking pictures was the opposite of living in the moment. It takes you out of the experience. Artists including the late Prince, Jack White, Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar have banned cell phone use during concerts. This was because they felt that mobile phones took away the joy of the experience of attending a live event. Meanwhile, psychologists have begun to study the effect that smartphones, which we constantly use, have on our memory. They started with the assumption that smartphone cameras have a negative impact on our well-being and memory. What they discovered was quite the opposite.
a 2017 survey Psychological Science found that taking pictures during an experience helps people remember the visuals more accurately, even if they never see them again. Taking a photo forces the photographer to pay more attention to the visual aspects of the scene, allowing the image to be burned into the memory. I also learned that taking photos can actually do the following: increase Enjoy the experience. So why take dozens of photos every day to capture life’s special moments? Keep it that way. You will remember them often and remember them fondly. (We know that memories can be organized.)
However, according to Alix BarashAccording to one of the study’s authors and an assistant professor in New York University’s Department of Marketing, taking photos with the sole purpose of sharing them online significantly reduces the value of the photo. “When you take a photo with the intention of sharing it, you start thinking about what other people will think of it,” she said. wired magazine. “They become concerned about how others perceive them, which can lead to feelings of self-consciousness such as anxiety.”
Admittedly, it’s even harder not to feel super self-conscious and self-conscious when smartphone cameras come along. I have to admit that I am among those who practice the selfie smile and think this is a good thing about me. In December 2019, Instagram and Facebook announcedlike” at the bottom of the post because we thought people might post more if they didn’t feel pressured to get likes on their posts. But if you take away the momentum that celebrities and influencers need to launch their content, you reduce the amount of money they can charge brands to promote their products. As you might expect, the “Like” feature is here to stay, at least for the time being.
The good news is that it’s not just influencers and celebrities who benefit from positive virtual feedback from their friends on FB and Instagram. In May 2017, RSPH (Royal Society of Public Health) and the Young People’s Health Movement investigated the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health and published their findings in a report. #state of mind. And while we are all too aware that social media can have a negative impact on how we perceive ourselves (fear of escape (FOMO), cyberbullying, body image issues, Social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook can also have a huge positive impact on users’ daily lives, especially in this age of social distancing. there is. Young people turn to social media platforms such as FB and Instagram for social and emotional support, access to health information, sharing health experiences, self-expression and self-identity, and building, maintaining, and building relationships. I’m using it more and more. Social media provides people with a platform to identify their strengths and showcase their best selves.
And now, since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), a global pandemic that has changed our lives forever, taking photos is more important than ever. Photos of children wearing colorful masks looking as curious, silly and full of energy as ever document our spirit and resilience as we do our best to live our daily lives. I am. By posting photos of us smiling under colorful masks, our friends and followers are reminded that we’re all in this together. And when we look back, we will remind our children that we used our time of social isolation to build stronger bonds with each other, seek beauty in chaos, and be grateful. Probably.
So, add new people to your online community by posting photos, blogging, liking, commenting, and scrolling through your Instagram feed. I can attest to the great sense of accomplishment and connection I get from the comments, shoutouts, and likes of my friends on Facebook and Instagram. (My blog has just created a FeedSpots list Top 15 blogs about insomnia, website and influencer and I’m excited! Thank you so much to everyone who read, commented, and liked! )
When class ended, my daughter ran up to me with a beam of pride on her face. “Can I see the pictures you took?” I handed her my phone and watched her “favorite” the one she liked best with her smile. She knew she would look at it again with her dad when she got home and that it would end up in print. chat book After that, the hour-long activity continues to bring us joy and will be etched in our memories forever.
How many photos do you take in a day? Will many of them end up appearing on your various social media feeds? How do you feel when you look at your friends’ feeds? Are you connected or are you lonelier than ever?