Go on admit it: you take selfies. Everyone does, the way everyone is a photographer now. There are a staggering 350 million photos uploaded to Facebook. Every day. With 250 Billion photos, Facebook is now the largest photo archive in the world. There are 35 million selfies uploaded daily to Instagram. The shocking truth is we can blame selfies for the huge, historic uptick in photos.
Do you remember the ’70s and the distinctive yellow tone of the aged photos? Given our demographic you probably do. Photographs were taken with film and processed. It was time consuming and expensive. Unless you had a darkroom, film would have to be dropped off and picked up sometimes days later. There was nothing instant about it. From the time photography was invented in 1839 to 1970, a total of 10 billion photographs were taken. By 1980 that figure grew to 25 billion. Digital cameras were responsible for a sharp increase and once the cell phone camera launched the number of photos taken rocketed to 86 billion in 2000. In a short 14 years we went from 86 billion to 380 billion in 2014.
We can blame selfies for taking the total figure of photos taken in the history of photography to over 4 trillion this year.
The figure shocked me and I’m still processing what it means culturally, emotionally and spiritually. Our photo quote today is a selfie of sorts. I’m not the type to look in mirror in the undies and post to Instagram but I’ve always loved the reflection of a window. There’s an intimate and yet voyeuristic element because of their public nature. I’ve never taken one of these at home. But never say never. So, what do you like about selfies?