Remember when you used to get your photos developed at the drugstore? When an “album” wasn’t just another word for a file folder but something you actually held in your hands and flipped through page by tangible page? Yeah. What was the world thinking back then? Now, of course, it’s very rare that photos make the leap from virtual to physical form. Mostly they just remain on our phones, our Facebook profiles or Flickr accounts, shared with loved ones digitally and saved for our grandkids to view somewhere out in the cloud… which is good, because with the staggering volume of photos we’re all taking, you’d need a whole lot of albums to store them and have to kill a whole lot of trees to print them.
If you need any proof, you’ll find it in an installation by Erik Kessels, part of the What’s Next? exhibition at Foam Gallery in Amsterdam, which is exploring the future of photography. Kessels’ exhibit looks at the current abundance of photography—a medium that has exploded in recent years not only because now virtually every device seems to have a camera embedded in it, but because we also have more places to store these photos, too.
The installation features a gallery space filled with mountains of photos that represent the printed results of all the photos uploaded to Flickr in a 24-hour period. And there’s a lot of them, a million prints scattered across the floor. It just makes you grateful for that online storage space, because otherwise we’d all have to dedicate several rooms in our house just to store our snapshots.
[via Creative Review]