The lessons of analog cameras

When I was growing up, I had a number of different analog cameras. I started off with a fairly easy camera, that allowed me to load it without worrying about lining up the film properly. As I got older and the cameras got more advanced, I learned to both take photographs and to eventually develop them in a darkroom. Nevertheless, there was one thing that I always had a bit on my mind whenever I was taking a picture which was — are you sure you want to take this picture exactly this way? Because a roll of film is a few dollars, and developing the roll is a few more dollars, and you only get twenty-four shots per roll — so make each shot count!

That nagging thought I had seems to be mostly gone nowadays in this age of mobile phones almost all having cameras, and capacities so great that it takes many hundreds of high quality photos before you run out of room — let alone a stand alone digital camera, some of which hold tens of thousands of high resolution photographs. I was reminded of the slow death of this sensation when I saw the photographs of a friend of mine, who took a trip to Israel. He publicly posted on Facebook two separate albums of photographs, because the first one ran out of space. The first one was the one I perused to choose some of these photographs — I asked for his okay to repost them and he gave it.

Here we have a group of people waiting in the airport for their flight to be called. “Invasion of privacy!” you may be thinking, “How could you post that publicly without their permission?” Well actually, an airport is a public space. There’s a reason you see so many photographs of celebrities in airports. Also, if you were to count how many cameras are out in public recording every single person that walks past them, you would never stop.

This is one of at least a dozen or so pictures of the display on the back of the chair in the airplane.

At Delta, we loves us some blurry vans — and it be showing!

Uhm, hey, it’s Rabbi… er… someone.

Here is a total stranger, that has some motion blur to her. Let’s keep this one for posterity.

The point I am trying to reach is that from albums of well over one thousand photographs, how many were really worth saving? Would all of these photographs have been snapped had there been a per picture cost, not to mention the time and effort to load and unload all of that film? Am I having another Rooney moment?


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