Modern (Analog) Photos

I have always had this love for photography. OK, maybe not always, but its been at least since my Junior Year of High School. I was dating this girl at the time who was her school’s photojournalist. In essence she took really artsy shots of teachers and of sport events and gave them to editor to put in the newspaper. She was actually quite good at it too.

It was all so interesting to me, photography. It was both a science with rules on how photos should be treated with chemicals and ideas on how photos should be layed out, but also an art that created an emotional connection with the viewer. I had to learn I decided.

My First Camera

Like most high school students, I was pretty broke. The only money I had was to pay for my car insurance and for late night Taco Bell runs. Therefore, I decided to borrow a camera from my dad. It was an old Minolta film camera with a fixed 50mm lense and a telophoto lense that came in this black leather bag. It was the camera that most of my childhood adventures were photographed with. It now had a new purpose: to be an extension of my sight and thoughts.

I stuffed a bunch of cheap KODAK film in it and started shooting away. I shot pictures of everything: friends, family, and even the Super Bowl (my dad won tickets one year in a raffle). It was just a lot of fun to be able to take these small snapshots of time, package them up, and preserve them in an artistic fashion.

The Digital Change

As I got more and more interested in taking photos and the art of photography, I transitioned into the digital slr. As different as this was, it was still very much the same. Photography only really changed for me when i got my iPhone 4.

My iPhone allowed me to take all the things that I loved about taking photos, but make it much more portable, more fluid, and incredibly simple. It always seems like the moments or events that you want to preserve the most are the ones that you weren’t expecting; this is no longer a problem. And I’m not alone, the iPhone quickly become the number one camera on Flickr and social networks such as Path and Instagram started skyrocketing out of nowhere. (Flickr even recently announced that the four top cameras on their site were all iPhones).

Instagram

Instagram not only gives me am easy and efficient way to broadcast my snaps to other people, but also changes the way I take photos. With a ton of filters, a sleek design, and a sweet user interface, Instagram is a service that I truly enjoy, as do a ton of other people. Just between December of last year and now Instagram jumped from 16 million users now over 30 million. What’s even more astounding to me is that it has only been in the App Store since October, 2010 and has grown to such a large user base and can continue to only grow with its addition of an Android version.

Instagram takes the old effects that were the defaults of old film cameras and brings them back into the digital era. With 18 different default “filters” the same picture can have a slightly different emotional feel to it.

It’s a Cycle

Many people say that history is doomed to repeat itself and this is something that I truly believe (just with less doom and gloom). Even as technology advances and products get more and more complex, people still long for the simple, the familiar, and the tangible. I think part of the reason I love apps like Instagram and Path is that they remind me of those days of taking photos on my Minolta camera taking black and white photos. They allow me to truly express my life and point of view. So what apps do you use & why? Twitter me up!