The Photography of Everyday Life
The occasion was marked by several rites of passage, since admissions were competitive, and he will be living in a college dormitory for the first time, and at the end of the summer he will be designated a California Arts Scholar.
Strangely, I was the only one taking pictures, with the exception of a few students shooting arty stills of the landscape and built environment.
In contrast, just a few weeks ago, we were at the Hollywood Bowl, and everyone in the audience was taking pictures. What was the difference between the two scenarios? In one case photography was to function as an historical document that recorded a particular moment in family history. The gestures involved in leave-taking made taking pictures particularly difficult. In the other, people were taking pictures with a more proximate audience, those who used photo file-sharing or social networking sites, and it was low-stakes photography, which could be called "the photography of everyday life" in the digital era.