We just found this interesting infographic by Twenty Pixels about the pervasive types of photos people take nowadays. They lament that, with film, one must consider if any or every shot is worth being developed, as opposed to the infinite takes possible with digital cameras. A penny for your thoughts on analogue photography?
Twenty Pixels wrote:
I recently picked up a Polaroid camera “as is” at an estate sale. Curious to see if it actually worked, I spent $24 on a pack of instant film with 8 exposures. I had a hard time deciding what was worthy of being the subject of these $3 photographs. I turned to my camera roll on my phone for some inspiration only to realize that it was best if my digital photos stayed digital. So what kind of pictures did I take in the past that were worthy of making being developed? I can’t remember… but I’m sure it’s not these. I’m ashamed to say that these are the kind of photos I take now.
What do you think, Lomographers: agree or disagree?
While it’s true that you can’t go through a day online without seeing at least a dozen “selfies,” “what-I-had-for-lunch” or—god forbid—“just-got-my-nails-did” shots on your newsfeed, this practice of documenting random life details and moments is definitely not new. It’s essentially the premise of snapshot photography (and maybe even a bit of street photography) when you’re always armed and ready to shoot. Whether it’s mundane pet photos or purposeful artsy shots, these types of photos have always been taken by both professionals and amateurs, in film and in pixels.
Perhaps it’s the reasons behind photo-taking that differentiates analogue and digital. For digital photography, it’s mostly about timeliness and convenience. People want to share these images with their clients or peers right away. Motivation also plays a role in that, judging from the insane ubiquity of Instagram, a lot of people these days are taking photos merely for the “likes.” And don’t even get started on how many hundreds of people are taking the same thousand photos of the same million things. Certainly, the democratization of photography via mobile and digital cameras has been a mighty tool in empowering the masses. But we want to know, Lomographers: why do you take the photos you take and why do you shoot them in analogue?
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