I was looking at a young friend’s Facebook page trying to find a photo I had made at their party, and while I was scrolling through, not finding it, I found dozens of photos like these. Posed and selfie group shots.
I looked further and found more posed and selfie group shots. Decently composed, but all the same.
Is that all we are making these days? Has the phone become ubiquitous with selfies and nothing else? I see no photos of their cars, them doing anything, playing a game, talking at a coffee shop, working on a puzzle, nothing.
Just posed selfie group shots or single shots.
I was genuinely surprised, not that there’s anything wrong with selfies, but I was shocked not to find anything else, and wondered if people are shooting them and i just missed it, or is this all there is?
I used to joke with my oldest brother when he had kids, “Do they like to do anything besides standing and smiling in front of things?” Now, I’m thinking that that may be all people are shooting, and the candid photographs have gone by the wayside.
A friend of mine even said she misses all the closed eye photos and other “outs” that are deleted before they’re ever seen.
I sure hope that’s not the case, and there are some unposed photos still being made. To me, the candids are the true storytelling photographs. The ones I most enjoy looking through.