when I read this quote, I was going through the Instagram data numbers and trying to make more sense of society and the trajectory of where we are heading. I do have a model of what I would love to actually do to get this data, yet, I think I was told by members of the crew to focus on the short-term prototypes and models that can be scaled. of all the ideas I have, the one I just mentioned is one that has fascinated me from a global perspective for years.
so I went and looked at my photos. my background is that I don’t consider myself a good photographer, rather I know I can get lucky once in a while recognizing good light and moments with nature and people. what I get sad about in life is people manipulating the image so much – “touching up” or “altering.” I guess I learned about this all in a backward way. the work learning computer modeling and 3d animation had me realize the ability to create basically any idea was possible. I considered this a cool thing. I soon realized to create these images, you have software that allowed you to composite and make the unbelievable – believable.
what I think back at photography, I still remember my childhood friend John and I in a darkroom when we were at school, having to shoot the film, develop it, and then make the prints. I never got tired of watching a print come to life in the chemical baths. what I didn’t like was the way I took images. hey, it led to a fun hobby gig shooting for Reuters later in life – of which – this was my first interaction with media and the press.
“you never are allowed to change or alter an image.” was what I was taught and told. there is a good reason for this, of which, at that time, I knew a lot about image manipulation in the 3d world and would look at certain peoples images and say, “why do we have to shoot with no manipulation and a lot of other folks are juicing their work?”
“how do you know that?”
“because I was using Photoshop from ver 1.5 on floppy disks.”
mind you, this was years ago, and I did marvel and watch the evolution of film to digital, much like we had to buy analog audio to get into digital. today’s cameras are what I consider computers that take most if not all thinking out of the equation and allow you the time to compose good images. ok, that is what I “thought” would happen, but the reality is people aren’t spending a lot more time taking images than years ago, and the abundance of cameras is what has caused anyone the ability to take a good image.
so photography is a passion I had, that is simply fun today for me. someone asked why I take photos, and I explained it is a lot like why I have a sketchbook with me all the time. I will simply forget many things. with photos, I can snap back to a memory, much like when I see a note in the book, my full memory of the brainstorm comes back into my mind. the stuff I post online is actually for myself. if someone else wants to look at it. cool.
Einstein had a quote, “why memorize that which you can look up.” (something like that)
so if I take photos of life’s adventure, I guess I don’t want to loose the “memories’ of those moments because I will take a photo of anything that captures my eye or imagination. you notice there aren’t many people in the photos – that is because since the camera phone came out, no one has an issue of taking a selfie – but god forbid you to ask to take a beautiful image with good lenses of another human. it is like someone saying, “I want my privacy!” as they take a selfie of themselves and upload to social media.
with the brainstorm yesterday, we are working with technologies for people to get real with themselves, find themselves, or change themselves. so perhaps I got a bit scared and realized that when I did the Instagram data skim….I guess there is a whole lot of people out there that are afraid to lose themselves, or the image they have constructed, altered, manipulated, made up, and presented to the world – via selfies.
I don’t want to say the world is getting more selfish, but the facts of the data we have shown it is.
just look at the same people posting another image of themselves that day…for reasons, only they truly know.
selfies might be an indicator of just how many people are afraid of losing the image of themselves, to go deeper and becoming their full self? I can’t explain why the number appears to have gone up 300% in just a few years, other than people are more stressed out and/or social media is becoming more about image than any reality?
I will have to ask a psychologist/psychiatrist about that last paragraph.
but if anyone can explain to me why someone takes a picture of themselves each day, in some sort of similar pose, not really doing anything or showing something…what does that really say about them?
wouldn’t it save a lot of power and energy if people simply carried around small mirrors with a frame around it so they could look at themselves? that way they would never run the risk of losing themselves?