The digital photography expectation is contemporary. How technology has changed the way our brains interpret imagery.

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

 

Our brain instantly brands a out of date photograph as old.There was a time not too long ago in which photography was a slow and cumbersome process. It took a lot of logistical planning and a careful meting out of precious film frames on worthy subjects.

The time lag between taking the photographs to publication could take anywhere from a few weeks to even years, as the film had to be processed and converted into a format that could be printed and shared.

So if a photo seemed out of season it was no big deal. Our thought processes were not honed to expect that a photographic depiction was current.

But digital photography and the Internet has changed all of that. With photographs being uploaded directly from events as they happen, the way that we think about images as changed.

More and more the brain is trained to assume that an image is fresh, new and current. As a matter of fact, if it is not, it seems out of place!

So we are less likely to “get away” with old photographs than ever before. It is an anthropological evolution resulting from the “I want it now” attitude and the desire to assimilate information quickly.

And now a day old photo really is yesterday’s news! 

An out of place photo

 

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Ginny Lacey Gorman
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Aah, It is so true & i do have a listing to change...it's amazing how instantaneous things are..
March 14, 2011 11:22 AM
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René Fabre
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The density of now! Or as the contemporary saying goes, "That was so 5 minutes ago!"

March 14, 2011 11:31 AM
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Gary Woltal
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Richard it is funny with tabloid photos they DELIBERATELY delay their publication of them sometimes to make you think a celebrity was somewhere YESTERDAY when it was taken months ago, so some news outlets get away with it in Hollywood for the sake of keeping some kind of propaganda machine going for movie releases for example.

March 14, 2011 06:53 PM
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William Johnson
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Hi Richard, I always think about this and you are so correct. Unless the photo is generic like a flower, we are expected to be up to date. The sadness of that is many of us have collections and no real place to share them if they aren't current. A funny thing, I was searching images on Google today  and found a number of mine credited to ActiveRain. 

 

March 14, 2011 11:04 PM
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Judi Boad
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Great perspective!

I have been meaning to go to a listing and get fresh pictures with no snow on the ground now that we don't have any snow left anywhere in the greater Seattle area. 

I had better hurry!

Thanks for the post.

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