Physical Objects in a Digital World

«You’ll find me in the next life, if not in this one.»
«The writing on the back of Nadia’s photograph.»
Sayid and Danielle Rousseau «Lost»

I would not miss digital photography for the world. As there is no need to print photos there are no costs for film. Whether it’s the camera display or the screen, you see what you have shot. Great for learning to shoot.

But I think it’s easy to miss something — the physical object. Being able to give a person a photograph, having some kind of physical reminder does have something. Even better if you can write something on it.

In order to have a photo the moment after having photographed something, I played around with an instant photo printer. There are those that prints Polaroid-style photos (e.g., Fujifilm instax Share SP-3) or those that do more traditional photos (e.g., Kodak Mini 2 Retro). The Polaroid one works out pretty well — the photo quality is not great, but good enough. After all, it’s a memento, not a perfect piece of art. 🙂

Sorry, no photos of people. Not that kind of blog. 😉

So yeah, that might be a way to give an (almost) instant physical memento.