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Oh, Those Kodak iPhone moments… Brian Lam

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M y brothers and I still laugh about

an endearing (in retrospect) habit that our mom had while we were growing up. Many times, when we were completely immersed in a fun activity, whether it be laughing, playing or just kidding it up, she would insist on capturing the moment by taking a picture. Not that unusual of a habit, but the problem was that this involved us boys stopping said activity and waiting while she prepped the camera. (This was many years before the latest iPhone iOS upgrade.) This entailed loading film that was designed for dif•

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ferent light sources. Assuming the film was loaded correctly, it then required three to five minutes of spinning that little dial on the corner of the camera until the film “caught” and lined up for a picture. The preparation of the camera was accompanied by eight to nine minutes of her insisting it would “just be a second.” Finally, after we were properly agitated and officially disengaged from the activity we had been involved in, she would to ask us to smile. The irony is that I have not seen any of those pictures since, I don’t know, my wedding? And that may have been

the first time they were ever viewed. There’s something amusing about the fact that we remember the act of the photography more than what the photography actually captured. Times have changed and now phone cameras just start shooting the second you take them out of your pocket. But while photography and videography are so much simpler now, it feels like the act of shooting is more invasive than ever. These days, I see parents chasing their kids around with iPhones as if their children are invisible and the (continued on page 29)

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