Archive for October, 2010

A Photo in Time

Posted: October 12, 2010 in Baby, Computing, General, Movies/TV/Music

Looking through my iPhoto library the other day I realized something profound. My son’s generation will be memorialized in a way never seen before. A hundred years from now, it is very possible for my son’s great-great-grandchildren to pour through hundreds of photos and video from the day that he was born until possibly the day he dies. The images that we take today have no life-expectancy.

The first photograph was taken in 1822, but the first truly consumer camera didn’t come about until 1888. At $25 for 100 photos, though, it wasn’t really reasonable for a household whose yearly income was less than $500.

It wasn’t until World War II when personal photos started to become an approachable consumer technology. In the sixties photographs were joined by Super 8 film. Followed by VHS in the eighties.

This accelerating progression found an important new medium in the early nineties with digital imagery. Becoming truly approachable in the new millennium. The cost of capturing a quality photo or video has dropped to almost nothing.