Digital world is growing at a faster rate by every moment. Technology is handling most of the complicated processes inside corporates. The prediction now sounds like a promise; in the future, working hours would be short and vacations long.
People are still getting used to technology and that happens with any new device, app or gizmo etc.
Earlier last month I went for an art exhibition at India Habitat Centre – New Delhi, as there was been a long gap since I went. A prominent work of an affluent photographer was on display and it was quite pleasing to see the prints on frames. It’s always good to see different angles taken to click and each minute detail was quite visible on showcase. The interesting activity that I noticed was the showcase area provided by organizers to the students. In this area organizers offered the opportunity for young students to place labeled USB disks for their own work to display. Any visitor in the exhibition could just pick any one of them and plug the same into the android tablets available at the same desk.
It seemed like a good and original idea. Despite the fact I have myself appreciated the approach, I didn’t do it. Why? I’m not sure about the reason – too much of technology, tired of screen, laziness, even after working for so long on computers maybe I am still comfortable with prints? I don’t know. Yet I forgave myself and left others to figure out and moved on. But the idea was still hammering my brain and after a while I went back to confirm my assumption that the idea must have gone viral by now. However, most of the people were reacting exactly the same way I did. People stepped over the platform, carefully read the name of photographers and instructions written over there. For next 10-15 minutes I kept waiting for the first person that would come and plug in the drives onto the tablet and see what is inside but I just kept waiting.
I can only assume that we are not so digitalised as we think we are. An experience of almost 15 years to read, react and design onscreen – the photographic print, it seems is still holding its own charm and, I suspect, will do for many more years to come. Let’s at least hope so.