Graham Field: Picture This

From our pocket instamatics containing a 110-film cartridge until the arrival of the first digital compacts, cameras were there recording what felt worth the cost of a photograph. Film and development fees were always a consideration to bear in mind, it limited frivolous clicking. That’s not to say there wasn’t the possibility of taking 24 photos of the same cloud, whilst laying on the grass at a festival or bike show as the intensity of the acid heightened.

But generally, there was a value to a photo that wasn’t just sentiment alone. Digital took the development cost away and with it to a degree, the value of the photo too.



Then it exploded, speed cameras, people monitoring, personal affordable CCTV, the Go Pro and of course the phone, the obsession, the addiction. Now the automatic reaction to any situation is to photograph it, which in turn generates the next reaction, when retelling the moment, is to show it, not tell it.