Reading Response #3 – Abbie Rush

In Lisa Gye’s article, “Picture This: the Impact of Mobile Camera Phones on Personal Photographic Practices,” she describes the three main social uses of personal photography: to construct personal and group memories, to create and maintain social relationships, and self-expression and self representation. She explains how the function of constructing personal and group memories applies to camera phones, as they give us more opportunities to take photographs daily since we always have them on us. However, she goes on to say that this function does not completely apply to the idea of capturing memories because significant life events such as weddings are not recorded with the camera phone due to its poor resolution. She also describes the second function and how it applies to the camera phone, saying that photos taken with phones reinforce individuality so much that it is seen more as a personal image device used to capture photos of more mundane, trivial aspects of every day life. The function of self expression and representation on the camera phone was also discussed, and Gye says they increase our ability to express ourselves which I can also agree with, as the technology on our phones has made it so we have so many ways of taking photos now with things like filters, geotags, and the selfie lense. One thing that this article did make me think of was SnapChat, as it goes on to prove Gye’s point about us constantly being able to share our lives and memories with others through taking photos with our phones. SnapChat takes this point even further because it has become an app that people are always using to record little things throughout their day and sharing these photos right as they are happening. It is a crazy concept that I think has changed photo sharing and the technological world in a big way. Because SnapChat was so quick to come to mind while reading this, I have included a link to a meme about how annoying it can be when someone over does it with their snap chat story.