I have a huge collection of photos, digital images, negatives in my collection.
I started taking pictures in 1970 on a Kodak Retina 35mm camera, a Yashica Minister D 35mm rangefinder camera and then a Pentax Spotmatic 2 SLR.
When I look back on my photography there is a definite gap in the collection of family photos.
I have all the images my Dad, my Father in law, and wife's uncle took.
Most of them anyway.
When I look back at my own photos there is a distinct gap of pics between 1963 and 1970.
An most of my generation would probably say the same.
Then there was a surge in the popularity of Photography when people started buying the famous Kodak Instamatic.
|Instamatic Pic Darwin 1971|
According to wikipedia the Instamatic went into production from 1963 onwards but from my memory it wasn't until the early 70's they came into widespread use.
So the people of today are hugely privileged to be able to capture their lives with their phones.
There are heaps of the instamatics available on the used market these days but very hard to get the film cartridges.
See my previous article on these cameras.