With the advent of digital photography, archival paper and fade-resistant ink, when we leaf through our photo albums 50 years from now (if they still exist) the images will most likely look unchanged from the day they were printed. No longer will our grandkids peel back the pages of an old album and see washed-out, color-faded and scratchy snapshots that make them feel happy and sad all at once. “…sad, like a photograph of your grandfather at the age of 27”, so sang Mike Doughty.
Enter Hipstamatic, RetroCamera and their equivalents. These digital photo apps turn your crispy new photographs into relics from the 1950s or that by-gone era when real-life was sepia-toned or had lens flares that blotted out the faces of Uncle Dave and Aunt Edna at the Boardwalk back when kangaroo boxing was still legal.
What is it about these retro photo apps that are so appealing? Why is ditching precision and clarity in favor of chance and blurriness so much fun and so aesthetically pleasing?
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