Photographing Ourselves

Kodak and Nokia Moments

Nick Waplington – The Living Room


Nick Waplington’s Living Room is a project over 15 years he photographed families he encountered in a alternative view, Waplington himself puts it, “the grainy, downtrodden, black-and-white interpretation of working-class life”. The project is a fantastic raw body of work that shows a certain type of life in and certain time to an audience he are likely from a different situation themselves.




This project just like the work of Richard Billingham is a Kodak Moment but again not the sort of moment you would expect to see within a family album. Though all of us can relate to this as we probably have images similar in some sort of way in our own photo collections from when we were young or when our parents were younger.Image



Everywhere we look on social media these days there are selfies left, right and centre. the rise of the selfie has been rapid and now to the stage where it is not just teenagers doing it to show #newhair etc, celebrities are taking them and posting them on social media. This is helping increase the amount of them around as peoples idols are making them.

A very recent example of selfie was the #nomakeup selfie to spread the word about people being aware of breast cancer and help make money for the various charities helping the situation.

As of right now there are 93,288,133 selfies hashtaged on intagram… alot

Erik Kessels – social network 24hr

In November 2011, Erik Kessels unveiled a million printed photos that were all uploaded to Flickr, Facebook and Google over a 24 hour period. His purpose behind the work was to show how user on social media are bombarded by images all the time online.

“The idea was to present it as a sea of images that can you drown in,” Kessels told the BBC News website.

Visitors are being encouraged to walk over the mountain of photographs and pick them up, which Kessels said could leave visitors feeling strange as “you’re walking over personal memories”.

Kessels only downloaded and printed the photos that were free for people to look at on the internet.

“We consume images so fast nowadays, that I was wondering what it would look like if you physically printed off all the images that became available in a 24 hour period,” he said.

“When you’re downloading them and you have one million images on a server, that’s not impressive but when you print them out and put them all in one space, that’s when it really overwhelms you.”

The artist said he hopes the installation also shows people “how public your private photos have become”.

He added: “Before, you had your photo album and only your family and friends could look at. Now people all over the world can look at it if they find it.”

Kodak Moment on instagram

surprised when I searched the hashtag #Kodakmoment on instagram it had over 18,000 photos with that tag and alot of family photos, but more what you would consider #nokiamoments. This is as they are nearly all some form of selfie, again more proof of the rise of the selfie-age

Richard Billingham – Ray’s a Laugh


This is the first photographer that came to mind when thinking about a Kodak moment. Richard Billingham’s well known body of work Ray’s a Laugh is a piece about his dysfunction family. The photos taken on the cheapest film that he could find add to that thought of the family snapshot. Though not the typical family snapshot we would expect to see in a photo album.


The worlds gone mad

Technology is now that far on that even after we die, we can still live on twitter. LIVESON is a website where you can give our twitter details, so that when you die you can continue to post on twitter just like you did when you were alive.

Kodak Moment Definition

a rare, one time, moment that is captured by a picture, or should have been captured by a picture.
Aww!.. They look soo happy sitting there by the lake! That’s definetly a kodak moment!
(Urban Dictionary)