Going out to dinner with my friends and seeing them take pictures of themselves and their meals got me thinking: why? Why do we take pictures of anything and everything? I am guilty of this phenomenon – I have caught myself taking pictures of something rather than enjoying the moment. However, is it? Is it a phenomenon? I interviewed four of my friends and this is what they had to say:
However, it was Lara’s response that got me thinking – we love and appreciate anything that’s free. Back in the 90’s and the early 2000’s, we had to buy film in order to take pictures on our camera. Not only did film cost money, but it cost even more money to develop those pictures.
When I was around ten years old, I would grab my mothers camera and take pointless pictures of my sister, our pets or even our bathroom, – that’s when my mother would begin yelling at me. “Why are you taking stupid pictures, we need to save the film for better moments.” That right there is the reason why we didn’t constantly take pictures of everything. Film was expensive and sacred, thus forcing us to select which moments we wanted to be documented. Nowadays, we are free to take how many pictures we please with our phones, because the photo’s we don’t like, we can instantly delete with a click of a button. Additionally, we don’t have to pay to get the pictures developed in order to see them – we can view them whenever and wherever we like.