Anyone born in the last century (and I’m talking about the years starting in 19, not 18… just wanted to be clear because some of us still aren’t entirely up to date with such matters) can remember how photography used to be. You’d put a roll of film in the camera then very carefully take staged photographs because photography cost money. Most of us would then drive to a place that would open those magic canisters and after a number of days, usually a week, and you’d drive back to the store to pick up your negatives and prints.
Kids these days don’t know anything about such a backward world. They grab a pic on their smart phone and it’s instantly zipping up into the cloud, landing in smart phones all over the globe.
Now a clever company is releasing a revolutionary new app that allows you to take twenty-four pictures without seeing how they come out. You have to wait an entire week for the prints to come back to you in the mail. Can you imagine such a thing?
The app is called White Album (which reminds me of the Beatles, but that’s another discussion entirely) and is described as “a simple camera app for real, physical photos”. The pictures you take with the app go directly to the company who prints them and sends them back to you in a white album, of course. The prints are 4″ x 5″ on heavy satin paper, and cost $20 USD for twenty-four photos. (International rates are available.)
The irony of it reminds me of the first time I watched a mounted police officer use his horse to pull over and ticket a driver of a sports car. The horse stopping the horseless carriage. Will kids really want to hold something physical in their hands? And why couldn’t they just print their own photos out? You can buy good photographic printers and paper and do it yourself.
Will the anticipation and surprise of waiting to see what you captured be something that the internet generation buys into? Someone thought it was a good enough idea to create the app and I was amused enough by it to pass it on to you. The modern disposable camera. It’s brand new and cutting edge. Enjoy!
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