I miss my disposable camera

I’m an 80’s baby, and a 90’s kid, I remember a thing called a disposable camera! Many moons ago before iphones and DSLRs, the way people took pictures was completely different. When we went on class trips, we took the family camera and a fresh roll of film. A roll of film was usually 24-48 pictures and there was a little counter on the back that told you how many pics you had left. Once you either broke it or your mom got tired of you dropping it, you’d just get a disposable camera. Now remember I said that you’d only get 24-48 pics. That really made you consciously decide whether or not something was worth taking a picture of, unlike now since we have the option of taking hundreds of pics at a time. On a recent vacation, I took upwards of 300 images on my Sony A 5000 only to delete the majority later on and choose the ones that I thought looked best for social media (Just being honest). Not to mention the constant need to share real time moments with snapchat and Instagram stories. It seems as if we’re more concerned about capturing the moment than enjoying the moment. On our disposable film cameras we had to wait until the film was developed to see the outcome. Imagine that! At that time the sole purpose of the photo was to capture you in your moment. How many times have you been in a beautiful place with an amazing backdrop and took a pic, didn’t like it and took another, then another? What a way to cheapen the moment!

In the digital age, we are more concerned with getting the perfect shot for the perfect presentation. Being aware of actually being there almost becomes a non-factor. Honestly, Some Moments Are Worth Capturing.  Is it really necessary to take a picture of our morning coffee? Probably not. Being so quick to put a screen between ourselves and our physical reality could be taking some of the simple joys out of life. I’m not saying I’m going back to my Kodak disposable camera but I am saying that I will be making a conscious effort to determine what’s really worth taking a picture of and focus on living in the moment instead of living to capture the moment.

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