(Ha ha! Just kidding. You keep all of those pictures on your phone until the day you have a really important picture you want to take, but you can't take a picture because your phone memory is too full of all those pictures you never got around to deleting.)
Back in the day, we didn't take as many pictures. Why? Because we were limited by the number of photos available. Usually a roll of film or a disposable camera (remember them?) would hold 24 pictures. Because of the scarcity of available pictures, we were much more selective as to what we would take pictures of. (Not nearly so many selfies, or photos of food.)
|Like vinyl records, only the really cool people still have disposable cameras.|
Today, we can take as many pictures as our phones will store. That's hundreds of pictures, or thousands of pictures, or maybe even hundreds of thousands of pictures. As a result, we are not very discerning about what we take pictures of. If it's a useless picture, we'll just ignore it. But we'll still carry it around on our phone for months, and we'll still download it onto our computers.
The other day I was at the grocery store and my wife wanted me to pick up some popcorn for her. (She's a school teacher and needed it for some class project.) She wasn't sure how many bags she wanted, because she didn't know how big the bags were. So, I took a picture of the popcorn, texted it to her, and asked her how many bags I should buy. (Two.)
|That's Korn spelled with a "K" so you know it's gotta be good!|
As a result, I've got a lot of pictures like this one taking up space on my phone and computer:
|Aside from the blurriness, I also very much like the random socked feet on the left.|
But, that picture is a piece of art compared to some of the others, like this one:
Or this one:
|The Doorway to Your Soul.|
|'Ears to you!|
Edited from a post originally published on 4/7/2017.