Photo-overload: Everyone’s taking pics, but is anyone really looking? – The Globe and Mail

We are all guilty of this, as essentially photos are now a free-good, once one has a digital camera or smart phone. Once one gets past the stats, however, the article taps into the deeper issue of whether more is better or not.

Certainly going through some of our old family albums, one can see how the number of photos has kept on increasing, and yet some of the smallest collections from about 100 years ago, are the most manageable and meaningful. Similarly, looking through my old slides, there was a greater selection process at work (and there was a physical limit – the Kodak Carousel could only hold 140 slides, just like Twitter!).

And a new term I had not heard of ‘slow photography’ (taken from the slow food movement?), where one takes a more conscious attitude towards one’s pictures.

Part of our life, and the ease and convenience of digital (for taking, editing and sharing) is hard to beat. My own (new) rule is be be more ruthless in the editing process.

Photo-overload: Everyone’s taking pics, but is anyone really looking? – The Globe and Mail.

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