In the present people do add colours to very old photos of themselves. In the future will we be removing filters from our old photos?
It is such a normal thing to take a photo, more like a mandatory thing almost to take a photo or a few hundred photos a day with our technology and smartphones in the hand. At a family gathering, when we suddenly meet someone we have been long waiting for, we just take our phone out. We are all just one click away from a photo. A study shows that the average millennial will take more than 25000 selfies around their lifetime; proving that photography has become one of the most popular hobbies and even a job with access to affordable equipment for everyone.
But a few years back, it was not the same. Till the 80s generation, there was not a thing called day-to-day photography. Almost all of the photos were taken by professionals and everyone in the pictures is in very formal picture-looking figures. Most of them were black and white photos. So our parents’ generation has almost no lively-looking pictures. However, thanks to technology now we can add colours to old black and white photos and old people get very emotional from the results. Photos are such an awesome thing to take you back in memory lane.
DOES IT RUIN THE MOMENT WHEN WE FOCUS ON TAKING PHOTOS?
Yeah, we all have that one annoying friend that goes overboard on taking pictures. That’s true pictures are important to take and useful to make memories and keep them close to our hearts but what if you only remember taking too many photos that day? It is not good to take too many photos too. Just take one or two that will be more than enough when you look back from 20 years in the future.
“When people rely on technology to remember something for them, they’re essentially outsourcing their memory”
WHAT ABOUT THE EFFECTS?
These days it is essential to edit the photos you take. There are whole study courses dedicated to this and it’s one of the well-paid job roles in the job market. But how does editing the photos affect in terms of memories? I think too much editing to make ourselves fairer and prettier is not healthy in the long term. We just edit them to look good on social media and for others, but what is the main purpose of taking those photos? We really have to think again about that. Otherwise, the developers who create filter-removing software from the photos will be well off in the future. It is important to edit a photo to look clearer and for specific reasons, but too much editing and filters just obviously ruin the photo.
One of the coolest things we can do with our smartphones is just take them anywhere and just take photos left and right. Travelling photography is one of the coolest hobbies and a very useful one too. People can inspire other people to travel and let them see the places if someone can’t reach there. And those same places will not be looking the same in 10 years in the future. So we can keep them and just make out what the world was like in the past.
To recall loved ones and just relive our good old times, photos are such an awesome thing discovered by humans. We just have to use it wisely and just don’t overuse it, or we will be regretting in the future.
By Rtr. Raveen Randika