I worry that, when the day comes that my kids look through my photos as I did my parents’, there won’t be much for them to look at.
I worry about the exact same thing!
I'm surrounded by people that occasionally post an iPhone photo to Instagram and often post Instagram stories that will disappear forever. How will their kids ever get to experience what we did? Maybe it's even more sad to think that the kids won't care? Maybe I'm just being old and nostalgic?
It feels like photo technology has become so good and so convenient that's it's just made us so lazy. Portrait-mode and fancy one-tap filters are supposed to make everyone a pro photographer, right? Well I think it's actually making most people very mediocre photographers.
When I look at photos from my childhood, I think "wow my parents were very good photographers" and it's probably because they were. They had to actually learn the variables to properly expose a photograph. The limited light sensitivity of the film meant they had to buy a reasonably fast lens. They had limited resources (film), so they had to make every photo count.
This is the primary reason I shoot with a Leica. It places constraints on me. It slows me down and makes me think. I have to work to get a photograph. It makes me fail a lot and forces me to learn more. It's made me a better photographer and it's given me a better appreciation for the photos I've taken. Most importantly, I want my kids physically touch these photos and feel the time and effort that went into them.
📷: My son at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.