This past weekend I was in St. Louis, Missouri and I watched people take pictures. For whatever reason, most people used their camera phones to captures once-in-a-lifetime images. I realize that camera phones have really, really advance through recent years, but there is one strange difference between camera phones and an actual digital camera: Orientation.
Cell phones are designed to be held vertically (taller than wider), while cameras are designed to be used to capture horizontal images (wider than taller). Since our eyes are set side-by-side versus one-on-top-of-the-other, our bodies are more comfortable with horizontal images.
Sometimes the horizontal/vertical argument is moot because that’s what the intended image is designed for, like the picture above. While in Switzerland, I was trying to get everything in the picture more compressed, to show “a little slice of Switzerland” with the home, Swiss flag, mountains and clouds.
The point in all of this is sometimes in life things are planned, and other times things are not planned. I don’t think that’s a secret, but I am curious if we’ll see, in the next 10 years or so, vertical pictures more prominent in society because they’re being taken with a cellphone’s camera.
August 2008. (0099)