Friday, April 25, 2014

3711 Photos

See the title?  That's how many photos I have on my iPhone.

No, I'm serious.  I hoard photos.

It's understandable in a way, considering that I am 61 years old.  When I was a child, my most prized possession was a box type camera, with two settings (B&W and Color), a flash (which used - yes, flashbulbs), and which took rolls of 127 film.

You got 12 pictures per roll.  Rolls were expensive.  So was the developing.

You didn't get to see your photos right away, either, so you had no idea if they had come out properly. Or if the roll of film had been loaded correctly, for that matter.   You had to get the film developed first, which took several days.  Especially if you were using color film, which was a luxury reserved for special occasions.

Now, with my iPhone, I point, click, and it's done. Instant photo. I can edit it on the spot with my (simple) photo editing software.  I can post it on Facebook.  I can send it by email and by message.  It's a dream come true.  For example, I took a walk today on the West Side of Binghamton and took these pictures of our sudden spring - it seems flowers are popping out by the minute.


Pieris Japonica (Andromeda)

This massive weeping cherry isn't even totally open yet. What a specimen!
This blue squill wasn't from today but they are still out.

And now, I've just sent these photos all over the world.  Could I have ever dreamed of this back in the film days?

I love modern digital photography.  I was slow to adopt it but I would never go back to film.  And, perhaps like a grown person who knew hunger as a child, I hoard.  But I don't hoard food.  I hoard photos.  That's the only explanation I can come up with.

Anyway, during my recent vacation, I ran out of memory.  I hurridly had to delete, delete, delete. (The pictures are already backed up on my computer). And you know what? I was deleting pictures of family and buildings and keeping pictures of flowers.  And I had all these flowers on my camera already.

But those weren't THIS year's flowers.

I couldn't delete the flowers.  So now I have a phone full of flower photos.  I'm hopeless.

Shhh, don't tell anyone.

Am I the only one who has thousands of photos on their phone?


  1. Fun post. I have a computer full of photos. And also boxes and boxes full from years gone by. I really want to get them scanned, but who has time for that, right? Thanks for sharing your! They're lovely. Peace

  2. That's a LOT of photos!
    That's the thing in this day and age; we have so many photos stored on our I-Mac and have hardly printed any!
    Ps. I have loads of pics on my phone too!

  3. Ha! My mom is certainly guilty of hoarding photos- I used to be better at emptying my memory card but lately I've been letting it build up again- having everything promptly downloaded into neat, organized folders on my hard drive is sort of like having a made bed with all the clothes put away :) It just feels like 'aaaaahhhh', you know?
    I am loving all of these blossoming flowers! Keep shooting them, they never get old!


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