I think this is a typical sign of these times. I am talking about us forgetting how great a holiday was. More specifically I am talking about us hardly ever looking at our holiday pictures after we’re back home. What a shame.
How It Was in the Old Days
The idea for this article was actually born last Christmas. We were having our Christmas dinner with the family together when all of a sudden someone was passing around an album with pictures taken at a birthday celebration the summer before.
Now I’ve grown up knowing what a photo album is. But somehow that memory had faded significantly. In a way it was strange to see someone passing around a book which held pictures. But at the same time it felt very comfortable and familiar.
Now don’t get me wrong. I won’t get all mushy on you here. It was just such a strange and familiar thing seeing people looking at pictures they actually held in their hands. But of course the old days of cameras will not come back.
What We Do Now
Well, this is a bit of an open door. We know what we do now. We take our holiday pics on our iPhones and iPads, and never look at them again. Or certainly not the way that an iPad is passed around (you can’t really see photo’s on an iPhone now can you?). Besides the older generation still has difficulties dealing with the swiping back and forth. Watching your latest holiday to Sri Lanka becomes more of a pain than an enjoyable sharing of experiences, right?
Even my last holiday pictures are still either on my iPhone or somewhere in the cloud. And the remarkable thing is that these holiday pics are actually pretty special. For me at least. Why? Because they contain a number of photo’s I’ve taken underwater. I’d bought one of those waterproof cases for my iPhone 5. It worked like a charm, and the pictures are excellent.
But still I haven’t bothered to share them with anyone.
How To Do it Better
With the future promise on online storage becoming cheaper and cheaper (at least that is what I have read for 2014 and beyond) I think more and more people will put their pictures in the cloud.
When we’re able to solve most if not all security and privacy issues when dealing with putting stuff online and in the cloud, I think that could indeed be an excellent solution to put our photo’s there.
The other advantage than that we would have access to our pics always and everywhere. And with the marching on and spreading of everyone having a tablet or iPad, I forsee (look at me, the big predictor… ) that soon we all will carry around our iPads to wherever we go, showing our underwater holiday pictures just the way would would years ago when everything was still on glossy paper.
Mmm, the only thing I need to do now is promise myself (or rather justify to myself) a new iPad Air…