Upload & Sell: On
leighton w wrote:
No worries RM, that's one of the things that makes this thread special.
I'm with Leighton on that Tom. I enjoyed reading your story and as a hopeless romantic I found it touching. I met with a friend this morning after reading the thread and she mentioned a friend visiting from LA who'd brought a box of photos that belonged to my friend. They spent time going through the old photos and as Peter noted, it was a wonderful, magical experience. This friend is creative person who has produced a number of films and we shared our lament that photos have become so ephemeral as to become meaningless. Snap a photo on your iPhone and send it to Facebook or to your other friends, most often of the iPhone user shooting him or herself in front of this or that or with this or that friend... everyone posing, looking cool. Multiply that by a few billion and you get the idea that such images will not likely pass the test of time.
I'm not suggesting that printing photos is a solution, first because it won't happen and secondly because there will still be billions of snap shots floating around in cyberspace. Yes, as Peter (SA) notes, it is a great way to share photos with family members and there obviously is nothing wrong with that. I resist Facebook but am often tempted when my friends Sarah and Jesse post a video of Ansel as he first crawls, then stands, then takes halting steps. So the world is simply changing. I'm afraid those of us with DSLR cameras, and even film cameras are a dying breed. I guess the only solution is to use and enjoy the tools we have and leave it to later generations to work their magic. There will likely be a small number of folks who still want to press a shutter button, in the same way there are folks who still enjoy rebuilding classic cars and taking them to shows once or twice a year. Personally, I'm not about to give up my camera or lenses in exchange for a smartphone...