Make Your Camera Disposable, Not Your Adventure

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[Hey, remember me? I know that I am responsible for that embarrassing picture your mom found of you and your high school boyfriend making out, but Instagram still ain’t got nothing on me.]

If you want to successfully relive your escapades, my suggestion is to invest in a disposable camera. You’re welcome Kodak. I carried out this plan as I traveled last month. If you have trouble finding one of these at your local store, just look next to the fanny packs and pocket protectors. I understand that disposable cameras are equivalent to reverting back to VHS, but I do have a sound argument for resorting to something so seemingly obsolete.

My trip marked my second time ever flying in an airplane, my first time traveling out of the south as an adult, and my first big vacation that I have funded entirely on my own. Naturally, I anticipate taking photos of my time there.

I know what you are thinking. Does she not have an omnipotent smart phone or something? Of course I do. What am I a cave woman? In fact, some would say I qualify as a camera phone abuser as I even take pictures of pictures. This is where the problem exists, and upon admitting my denial of said abuse, I did reach an epiphany.

Too often, I tend to desperately over-document the wonderful adventures in my life. I believe there is a line that needs drawing regarding this practice. Beyond this line is where we stop experiencing our moments in pure reality. We are perpetually stuck behind a lens, or a screen, or frantically checking ourselves in to various locations on Facebook like a bunch of addicts. This is precisely why I decided to forgo my cell phone as means to do anything other than inform my mother I am still alive while on my trip.

This is where the Kodak comes in to play. Not only is there a certain novelty to using an old product that always sufficed for me in the past (think high school prom and senior pep-rallies), but there are other benefits of going this route as well. First, there is none of that — let’s retake the same photo over ten different times until we are all lined up with our good sides showing  — business. You snap the photo and move on. Second, there is no temptation to tag, describe, and check subsequent likes and comments via social media. All of which are taking away from the present moment. At very least, save that stuff for later.

Finally, there is what I consider the top attribute of the disposable camera, and that is what happens once you return home. It’s magical. Unlike a stale, over-viewed photo on your phone, you get to freshly relive the whole adventure over again after you impatiently wait for your film to develop. There is just something extra sentimental about a tangible photo.

Honestly, I couldn’t stop my travel buddy half pint from tagging me in every location we stopped, and I am guilty of taking a few quick pictures with my phone, but I am content in knowing that I held true to my promise of unplugging and use of a disposable camera (until I jammed the button at least). Now, I can finally fill my collection of photo frames with pictures from my life and get rid of the creepy stock photos of random families and couples currently occupying them.

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About becca3416

Becca Cord is a twenty-something year old southern ballerina turned humor writer and video editor. Having lived in Louisiana her entire life, she is now perusing her travel dreams while starting her own free-lance Web Marketing business and organizing a nation wide blogging event, Blogger Interactive. She believes one of her callings is making people laugh, and she intends to do so. You can find Becca on her personal blog, Facebook page, or Twitter @becca25tofly.

Posted on August 7, 2012, in Adventures, Experiments, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. A friend of mine took an expensive camera with her to Nigeria, and it was stolen, along with everything else of value. She was sent a disposable with two days left t go on her trip, and returned with some memories intact, not least because it looked too cheap to steal.

    I completely agree with your thoughts on ‘preserving the moment’ via digital means. It winds me up when you see people at concerts, with their phones out, recording it so they can get 20 YouTube views of a bad angle of forty seconds of song with hellish audio quality, entirely missing the point.

    • You couldn’t have said it better. People do some pretty ridiculous things with technology. That’s really unfortunate about your friends camera though.

      • Not strictly true – I could have said it better. I could have said it in a silly accent.
        She was pretty shaken by it, bless her, but I suppose security is one of those things we all take for granted. It was early on enough in her three-month trip to not colour the experience too badly, and she’s a big bundle of glass-half-full, so she wouldn’t have let the loss bother her for too long.

  2. I LOVE that title! You have a way with words, smiley!

  3. We used to have discussions about this topic in my photography class in college! 🙂

  4. I think the last line is my favorite part of this. Seriously, those stock photos are super creepy. I mean, really, why are those children smiling so damn widely? They look like the Joker or something.

  5. I like this idea because it’s quick, there’s always something to look forward to after the trip and I get to experience a place in all its glory. However, I hate when I used to have a disposable and ended up not getting the exact shot I wanted. That happened pretty regularly, so maybe I’m just bad at it.

    • Oh yea, I think everyone is bound to have a few duds in the prints. Which is why I admit I still used the phone’s camera a few times to make certain I got good shots of the important stuff. Disposable cameras are just more exciting when you get home!

  6. Great idea! My husband and I were talking about this just last night – the balance between seeing things through a camera lens and actually experiencing a place. I am guilty of the first, but am hoping to find a good balance on an upcoming trip. Great post!

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