It used to be the case that not many people owned cameras. Those that did have them, tended to use them only for ‘special occasions’.
Usually these special occasions were holidays, festivals or family gatherings such as birthdays and anniversaries.
However in recent years all that has changed. Rather than taking a few pictures each year, nowadays many people use their camera phones to take lots and lots of pictures.
Storage seems to be less of a problem now as these photographs do not need to be stored in boxes or albums as they used to be.
When it comes to weddings, some couples choose to have a photographer taking a large number of digital photographs – leaving the newly married to decide which of them to ‘print out’.
I wonder with these changes, if it will mean that photographs will become ‘less special’ in the future. There are many readers of this paper who really enjoy it when photographs of Girvan from many years ago are printed.
This is because it allows them to think back to happy times in their lives. Happy memories are important to all of us.
And we should give thanks to God for all these happy memories which have helped to make us the people we are today.
It is interesting that recently people seem really keen on taking photographs of themselves.
Is this because people have become more interested in themselves and less interested in others?
It used to be the case the people liked looking at old photographs, because they reminded them of those people who were once important to them and who had helped them in the past.
What is it saying about people today if they prefer to look at photographs where the only person in them is themselves?