Long gone are the days of carefully considered exposures onto Kodachrome, when each shot had a cost, both financially and in that every photo of your thumb was one less of Aunt Maude falling off at the Donkey Derby.
Now you have gigabytes of space at your disposal, and poor Maude's floral bloomers have been liked and commented on by seventy five of your followers before she's brushed the sand off her knees.
With both mass generation and consumption of digital photos, their lifespan can be fleeting. Unlike photos of the past which were carefully inserted into special books and then dragged out to show off to friends and relatives at every given opportunity, digital shots tend to disappear into the storage ether, safe, secure, but rarely viewed. Let's face it, even the Marquis de Sade wouldn't make his neighbours sit through a 14 hour slide show of honeymoon pictures.
Concerned that I was becoming a photo sharing sadist, I loaded up the last 12 months of Instagram pictures, surely if I'd felt the need to share them, they must have been good. Hang on...Why did I photograph a salad, let alone five of them? And who's cat is that?
Scrolling through, the realisation dawns that a lot of the pictures I've shared are utter shite, despite the sepia filter and tilt shift, and that even more are just plain boring.
"Look at the size of that cake. LOL."
On the other hand, there are some really nice, honest shots.
You can see where this is going right?
Once an art and design student, always an art and design student.
No. Don't go. Stay, it won't take long honest. Cup of tea? Chocolate Bourbon? Now that's better isn't it?
Ladies and Gents, I give you "twenty nine 'grams - an ounce of truth", it's a little bit over an ounce (of truth), but give me a break, the pun still works, and where was I going to get a third of an Instagram picture from?
The pun's not a problem? You just think I'm a tit?
You can have the rest of the biscuits if you stay and look at the photos.
No I don't have any chocolate Hob Nobs.
Anyway. Chucking out the arty pretense for just a minute, I've chosen 29 pictures taken between 25th December 2011 and 25th December 2012 that mean something to me, or that I thought were just good photos. Agree. Disagree. Be indifferent. That's what makes art fun. And yes, I know I said I was ditching the pretentious twaddle, but photography is art. Even that childhood picture of you in the bath wearing a beard made out of Matey.
If you like these pictures that's wonderful, but they are mine, and as the copyright holder I'd be very grumpy if you were to borrow them without permission, so please don't do that.
"twenty nine 'grams - an ounce of truth"
|25th December 2011 - The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK - No ones idea of a Merry Christmas.|
|29th February 2012 - Marbella, Spain - The sunset, the sand, the warm water lapping against the shore, the glamour of working for an international technology company. Not an average day on the business park.|
|11th May 2012 - Hungerford Bridge/ The Golden Jubilee Bridge, London, UK - Out for a wander around town and everything just seemed to line up.|
|26th May 2012 - Chorleywood, UK - Laying in the back garden watching the planes climbing out of Heathrow. This one appeared to be running from the sun rather than to it.|
|3rd June 2012 - Clapham, UK - King Stuart celebrates the Jubilee. To be honest, this could be any day of the week. This man loves to dress up and throw a pose. He normally has a beer in his hand and doesn't wash below the knee.|
|8th September 2012 - Taghazout, Morocco - Standing on the roof of the Surf Maroc villa, watching the sunset. One of the best weeks of my life. Amazing place, wonderful people. I'm still crap at surfing.|
|12th October 2012 - KOKO, Camden, UK - Submotion Orchestra. It was at this point that I fell in love with the vocals of Ruby Wood. One of the very best live performances I have ever seen.|
|16th October 2012 - Airport Bowl, Heathrow, UK - After months of planning, we'd made it through day one of a developer conference and had taken 60 coders bowling. No one died.|
|26th October 2012 - Wired Live 2012, London, UK - RG and JG. She wants to steal the couch. He's just spent 2 hours telling me that he refers to his penis as "The King". They are totally unrelated as are the previous statements. No Really.|
|30th October 2012 - Olympic Park, Munich, Germany - There is the weirdest Rock and Roll "museum" ever at the top of this thing. You have a strong legacy to follow team 2012...|
|6th November 2012 - Stoke Park, UK - Angus and Emily were married. The band were playing Journey. There was nothing else that we could have done.|
|7th November 2012 - Stockley Park, Uxbridge, UK - A photography exhibition in Rackspace's former office. It may look like Mike is interested in the photos, but in actual fact he's stuck to the floor with carpet tile adhesive.|
|28th November 2012 - Chorleywood, UK - Movember 2012. Yes I cheated. Yes I had a beard beforehand. But doesn't it look magnificent? Woof!|
|2nd December 2012 - Chesham, UK - This is Nina. She is one of my oldest and best friends. These are her Yorkshire Puddings.|
|5th December 2012 - The Phoenix, London, UK - Yes, that is Lionel Blair. Yes, he did tap dance. No, you can't keep him Katy.|
|18th December 2012 - Renaissance Tattoo, Rickmansworth, UK - A three hour sitting turned into a five, and after many years as an outline, the Koi was complete. Amazing work from Amanda. I think there's some space on her waiting list mid 2014.|