In the Future, Will Anyone See Your Photos?

This week we’ll all be eagerly reading reports about the important business the nation is conducting as Americans prepare to choose what kind of nation this will be in the future. No, I’m not talking about the presidential primary being held today in New Hampshire—I’m talking about the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Already we know that Blu-Ray has won the election over high-def DVD formats. Comcast is promising nearly unlimited choices of on-demand entertainment, which will come as a s

This week we'll all be eagerly reading reports about the important business the nation is conducting as Americans prepare to choose what kind of nation this will be in the future. No, I'm not talking about the presidential primary being held today in New Hampshire—I'm talking about the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Already we know that Blu-Ray has won the election over high-def DVD formats. Comcast is promising nearly unlimited choices of on-demand entertainment, which will come as a surprise to all those analysts who have been writing off the cable industry. Consumer electronics and photography have essentially become part of the same technological world, so we expect to hear some news about out special world coming out of CES as well.
Now, however, let me come to the point of this meandering post: I have a gnawing suspicion that the wonderful technology that is offering us so many choices will in fact be the death of photography—or at least photography in one particular sense: That we make pictures so that other people can see what we have seen. It may be that in the future no one will really look at your pictures. You may be the only one who cares about what you have seen. And even you might not be that interested.