On Tuesday morning, as I took part in my standard morning multitasking madness of making lunch, trying to find something to wear to work and taking photos of unwanted items for eBay, something strange happened … my phone threw a tantrum.
“What do you mean there is not enough available space,” I muttered, “I’ve only taken … (long pause while I flicked to my Camera Roll) ohhhhh… 7540 photos. Bugger.”
While I have always had more than a passing interest in photography, it seems that with constant access to my camera (and Instagram) I have become a bit of a prolific snapper, capturing everything from my favourite outfits to my lunch, friends and family to funny signs.
And it seems I’m not alone. In their latest commercial, Apple claims that the iPhone is now the most popular camera in the world (Flickr’s camera finder stats back this up) and taking photos has become an everyday experience for most people.
While scrolling back through the past two and a half years of my life in preparation for a download, I decided I’d share some of my favourite shots with you.
Some are kind of impressive while others aren’t so much … but it is often those photos—the ones that seem so inconspicuous or a little bit weird (like the two pairs of tanned feet that kick off my montage)—that, to me, capture so much more than just that fleeting moment captured by camera.
Those two tanned feet belong to my mum and I. We took the photo while on holidays in Fiji in January 2011 (just after I received my first iPhone) and looking at that photo instantly reminds me of cocktails by the water, being harassed in the pool by wayward children, walking along the lantern-lit shoreline at night and a chilled-out afternoon spent at the nearby day spa after which we took this photo, marveling at how lovely our feet looked.
So, yes, I do take a lot of photos and, yes, some of them are total crap and unnecessary, but I won’t apologise for it because they bring back some of the loveliest memories.
“A photograph that has not been shared or at least printed, is almost an unexistent photograph, is almost an untaken picture.” —Unknown—