Photography is a romantic thing. Not necessarily like a sweeping Bollywood epic, but the bare fact we are recording a moment in time, for future reflection, nods to its romantic nature. It’s reminiscing. In an age where technology and everything else with it is moving at the speed of thought, the idea of slowing down a process, is a touch unusual. Slowing down anything in photography is not really the way the wind blows in our business as we’re always fielding faster cards, cameras, etc, and we drink info like it’s a shot of tequila.

Slowing down may appear to be business suicide. For whatever grain of salt it’s worth, I think so many of us would do well to slow down; to think; to compose; to actually reflect.

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It’s tough, especially if photography is your bread and butter, to have much of this luxurious pause-and-reflect time; you’re always speeding through edits, setting up shoots, keeping current, fitting in what’s left of your life in-between clicks. None-the-less, I believe thought and time make for better produce. I also think waiting for something makes getting it sweeter. Now I’m not exactly saying that in our field instant gratification isn’t the best form of it, nor that satisfaction is the death of desire, but that anticipation does make for a special moment. The makers of 1-Hour Photo app, get this.


This is about an app, an app which sounds at first like a failing idea. The app, which shoots in quite nice black and white, makes you wait 1 hour to see the photos you’ve just taken with your mobile device. This actually accomplishes a few things at once. It’ll force you to think more carefully about your shot since you can’t review it immediately, you won’t be distracted from the actual moment by looking at what you’ve just shot, and the wait makes you anticipate and look forward to seeing the produce.

By the time you see your photos, the moments they’ve captured have already become memories, which changes how you feel about them forever.


Yes. It is trying to bring some of the virtues of film into digital, and we’re probably better for it. I tried out the app a few hours ago, then went to the movies, and have just come back to see what I’d shot (some stupid photo of my desk), and there was really this little smirk, little bit of excitement to see what I’d shot. If you haven’t had that feeling of picking up your photos from a one hour developer recently, or perhaps you have never had it, try this. Sure it’s a harp back to an older, slower time, but for many of us, a time that led us here to this vocation in the first place.

Get it here – it’s free.

Source: The Phoblographer