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22 June 2019

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 207th in our series of Saturday matinees today: Personal Effects by Haley Mittelstaedt.

"What have we lost and what have we gained with the onset of ubiquitous mobile photography?" Haley Mittelstaedt wonders in this amusing 5:47 video.

To find out, Mittelstaedt asks a handful of very co-opoerative people a series of questions about the photos on their phone.

She starts by asking them each to talk about the last three photos on their phone. That they don't mind sharing. Photos? Most recent? Oh, OK.

Then she finds out the stories behind them. Which fall into the following categories:

  • See, I told ya. -- images taken to prove something to someone else
  • How's my hair? -- images taken to see or preserve some getup
  • Made me laugh. -- images preserved for their humorous bent
  • I was going to, but ... -- images intended to be shared but forgotten about

Each of which forms a section of the short video featuring several of the subjects with the same explanation for why they took a particular photo.

The final section of the video, titled 39 cents each, puts it all in context. We won't spoil the surprise.

But we will tell you Mittelstaedt herself is a recently-minted user experience designer working at Muvik Labs in New York City where her current project is "helping people hear how they're doing through auditory feedback."

Just to throw you off the scent.

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