I have to admit, I get a little giddy when photography enters the realm of pop culture. In this film produced by BuzzFeed, film photography is explained to modern kids… Or at least a valiant attempt is made.
My favorite line speaks to something that’s important to me as a professional wedding and portrait photographer: “The way you shared a photo back then is that you put it in someone’s hands and they looked at it.” Just think about that for a moment. Not a cell phone, but a printed sheet of paper; maybe pristine in an album or folded up because it was kept in a wallet. Photos were significantly more important back then.
Another thing that struck me about this video was the sense of longing for the days when looking at photos was a visceral experience — an experience that I try to encourage all of my portrait and wedding clients to have with their photos.
Back then, you only photographed the times that really mattered. Now we use our phones and snap pictures of everything! Are you guilty of this?
Film Photography Explained To Modern Kids
What do you think? What is our role as photographers to remind people of the importance of a photo? Is it really fair to leave the precious moments of someone’s life on a cell phone? Please leave your comments below.