Yesterday I saw a commercial for Sprint that stated, among other things, that more photos are taken on iPhones everyday than on any other camera. I don’t have a clue how this statistic was substantiated, and sort of feel bad that it’s anyone’s job to figure that out.
I picture a bunch of camera researchers (you know that job exists) sitting around a conference room in glasses and white lab coats reviewing pages and pages of data. Desperation engulfs the room as the team fails to draw any factual conclusions. Then quietly, one brave soul simply shrugs and meekly whispers, “Come on you guys, it’s obvious. No one uses their regular cameras anymore. Kids don’t even know what film is.”
It’s a cultural pandemic and I LOVE it.
If you’d told me back in high school that within a decade my cell would fit in my pocket and take better digital photos than anything I’d find at Best Buy, I would not have believed you. But behold, the smartphone!
I take photos obsessively, and the world keeps giving me more ways to forcefully share them with others who may or may not want to see them. So whose fault is it, really? Those filters on Instagram aren’t going to use themselves, for crying out loud. We’ve been subliminally coerced into hyper-documenting our lives under the guise of an artistic pursuit.
I love documenting the little things that make life entertaining and unique. I’m home sick today and started sorting through the hundreds of photos on my iPhone. I came across some great memories and hysterical moments I’d forgotten about.
Here’s a selection of what I found today:
1. Tomorrow is Michelle’s birthday. I sent her flowers. The florist decided to change my name from ‘Jess’ to ‘Jeff’ on the card, and this photo was how she told me.
2. This text conversation that occurred after a recent cross-country flight. I’m creepy, I know that. But still.
3. On Cinco de Mayo I ran into the Dos Equis man at the grocery store.
4. Facetime brings the iPhone’s camera goodness to new heights. Like, for instance, when you and your friend force your dogs to interact while thousands of miles apart, because that’s normal.
5. The moment when we understood we’d made a poor choice in restaurants, because we were the only two people in a completely empty dining room.
6. Neighborhood lemonade stands that my husband insists we support.
7. Realizing we may have over prepared for a three-night camping trip because no people could fit in the vehicle.
8. The all-knowing wisdom of Words with Friends #yankeessuck
9. The art of healthy snacking.
10. Coffee predators.
11. Looking back while moving forward.
12. Dogs who offer moral and physical support.
13. Blood donation entertainment and distraction.