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The brownie camera and sharing photographs

Happy New Year to you all and all the very best for 2012!

I have a question for you. Did you take any pictures when ringing in the new year? most likely you did or somebody at your party did. I know I did and I know I took a lot and I wasn’t the only one at our little gathering. What was your camera? I was going between an iphone and a Leica M6. It used to be that people took a few snaps a year but now we’ve seemed to gone trigger happy, having an obsession of documenting every second of our life. I recently found these photos of people being photographed with their Brownie cameras and then coincidentally came across the images of Erik Kessels installation at Foam Gallery of what it would look like when printing the amount of images uploaded to Flickr in 24 hours. Photography has come a long way.

I might print the images I took new year’s eve, if I ever get around to it. For now they will stay on the iphone album. It’s become so easy to take pictures. He don’t have to wait for our photographs to be developed and everything has become instantaneous. Cameras are cheaper and smaller and now come with every cell phone we buy, making it easier to upload and share our personal life with the world. It’s become the norm to upload our images and the simplest and easiest way to share our photos with family and friends. I mean, it’s pretty amazing. I still remember my great aunt and uncle having a slide show party to show their family and friends their recent trip photos. The people in the black and white images posted here want to be photographed with their cameras. As I go through my newly found images and flip through the carefully laid out albums, I can’t help but be amazed at how fast our lifestyles have changed and how photography has continued to be a part of it and evolved enormously as a medium itself. Kessels has printed 24 hours of uploaded images to Flickr, imagine a whole years worth of Flickr and Facebook combined?

Erik Kessels installation at Foam Gallery
Erik Kessels installation at Foam Gallery

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  • Adam Pearson

    Interesting and stimulating!

  • Patrick Alonso

    I only took three pictures, portraits, and they were posed. I used to be really trigger happy, carry an SLR everywhere and take a whole bunch of photos, now I carry a compact little camera and only take it out when I notice something interesting … in the context of parties and social events I mean.

    Kessels installation is really mind blowing, it really places photography as a social tool in today’s context.