Updated: Dec 30, 2021
When taking photographs in the early 1900s, people portrayed weren't smiling. One of the main reasons was due to technical problems, such as long exposure times to capture images and it became impossible to smile for that long.
Then, in 1975, a Kodak researcher, Steven Sasson, discovered a revolutionary invention: the first digital camera, which had the ambition to go beyond film, giving life to a new camera capable of digitizing the images just taken.
Photography is changing.
But what is mobile photography?
Mobile photography is photography created and realized thanks to a mobile phone, smartphone or Iphone that with the advent of digital technology has replaced the classic photographic devices (cameras), changing the market's rules and scenarios.
A photograph taken with a mobile phone has different meanings.
It is first of all used to share, tell, testify, express oneself, feed a flow of images to put individuals in communication in the world, creating collective monologues and social relationships.
According to some estimates, in 2014, around 880 billion photographs were taken with mobile phones, of which 350 million published on Facebook and 60 million on Instagram.
Today, every two minutes, more photos are taken than humanity produced during the 1800s. The web speaks in images and the digital revolution becomes shareable, the dissemination of images becomes repetitive, automatic addressed to friends and strangers, radically changing also the way of doing photography throughout the 1800s.
We no longer need to own a camera to understand how it works.
We don't need to know how exposure works as the cell phone camera does everything automatically.
We press the button and everything is done! Nothing simpler.
Today the reason we take pictures has changed.
We do not take photographs with the intent to create meaningful and quality photography.
Today, taking pictures means communicating.
Communication is fast. Taking a photograph is an immediate act.
Photographs are taken everywhere.
Let's look at the writing.
Writing has become complicated. People don't read anymore.
We live in a fast-paced environment with thousands of images that overwhelm us every day.
The mobile phone has become one with our body, an extension of the arm, to which we can delegate the brain, memory and gaze, creating an incessant compulsive and instinctive promotion of our daily experience and our individual dimension, in the collective sphere, defining ourselves through the images we produce.
We focus on the present, we forget the past, we share fleeting moments of our lives, which then mentally disappear and the photograph taken no longer records the event, but becomes part of it.
We exist because we produce images.
The camera becomes an integral part of us, an object of desire that realizes our desires by focusing attention on the sharing and transmission of visual data, creates a fusion with other people, a fusion between the public and private spheres and an immediate gratification of the need to express our point of view.
We are primarily concerned with ourselves.
We pose and post self-portraits - of what we eat, what we wear, what we see, our daily life seems so socially perfect! But is it really so?
I don't know but it sure is the fastest way to feel good about ourselves, maybe.
We are constantly looking for 'likes'.
1 like makes us happier.
Why are 'likes' becoming so important in our life and not good photographs?