Day 6: Frozen

Photos freeze moments in time, so why should we have to freeze for the photo?

In 1838, Louis Daguerre took the first photo with a person getting his shoe polished, while everyone else moving in the streets of Paris weren’t still enough for their impressions to remain. Since then, people pose for more sharply focused portraits and group photos.

But technology has certainly improved, as well. Many smartphones already have pretty fast shutter speeds, but wouldn’t it nice if we didn’t have to pause our lives for a photo taken with a smartphone? I guess the tradition of posing for photos is just that—a tradition. (And yes, I acknowledge that videos can solve this “posing problem.”)

Posing with Olaf the Snowman from 'Frozen'
Victoria and I pose with Olaf the Snowman from ‘Frozen’

With better cameras, we wouldn’t have to pose. But what would we do instead?

My friend and I saw the Disney film “Frozen” today. Despite being released on Thanksgiving, showings are apparently still available. For some reason, we sat in a large theater, though, as expected, very few people actually attended. Aside from a child yelling at the screen every so often, I enjoyed the film. As my friend said, there’s no doubt a very high “cuteness factor.” For kids, this is sure to please.

Olaf the Snowman
Olaf the Snowman

However, as a college student, I’m admittedly much more excited to see “American Hustle,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and—the one I want to see most—”Her.”

With basically all students starting school soon, I guess going to the movies alone will be a likely occurrence within the next few weeks. Yes, I still have weeks until I leave for Shanghai. Thanks, Chinese New Year.