Modern Photography; Changing How We Use Photos To Tell Our Stories
The mobile phone has had a dramatic impact on the practice of photography. The phone’s ubiquity has introduced a utilitarian approach to documenting day to day activities. Cameras have evolved as an implement which is impacting our communication methods and our relationship with documenting our lives. This research questions the effectiveness of modern photography routines in creating artefacts that hold significant meaning to us. Through field analysis and user engagement, a thorough understanding of current photographic practices has been developed. Building on this data the research proposes a series of critical design interventions focussing on photography as a means of recording moments and exploring the effectiveness of alternate documentary processes. These interventions suggest outcomes designed to motivate and inspire discussion around a new relationship with meaningful documentary artefacts. The research manifests as a series of objects exploring image based capturing methods to highlight peoples capacity to draw significance and heightened emotional connection from these altered methods of engagement. This collection of objects challenge three pillars of modern camera technology; immediacy, functionality and clarity. Setting aside current technological trends prompts the user to focus on creating a fundamentally different experience than typically found in modern photography practices.