Nilk Bilton writes for the New York Times on the disruption that the ubiquity that connected cameras are having on how we experience photography. “We’re tiptoeing into a potentially very deep and interesting new way of communicating,” said Mitchell Stephens. From the NYT:
Photos, once slices of a moment in the past — sunsets, meetings with friends, the family vacation — are fast becoming an entirely new type of dialogue. The cutting-edge crowd is learning that communicating with a simple image, be it a picture of what’s for dinner or a street sign that slyly indicates to a friend, “Hey, I’m waiting for you,” is easier than bothering with words, even in a world of hyper-abbreviated Twitter posts and texts.
“This is a watershed time where we are moving away from photography as a way of recording and storing a past moment,” said Robin Kelsey, a professor of photography at Harvard, and we are “turning photography into a communication medium.”
“You have images now that have no possible afterlife,” said Mr. Kelsey. “They are simply communicative.”