The pandemic has changed everything. It has changed the way we work, date, travel, and socialize. And because we normally capture all those things on camera, that part of our lives must’ve changed as well. But did it? And how?
To find out, we asked 1,300 people who use our app Gemini Photos (a photo gallery cleaner for iPhone) to compare their photography habits before the pandemic and since it began. We also asked four psychologists to help us better understand the trends we saw. Here’s what we’ve found.
As life slowed down to a halt, the number of shutterbugs plummeted. People don’t pick up their cameras as often as they used to — whether it’s because they don’t have much to capture or for deeper emotional reasons.
The front cameras are used even less often, with more people saying they never take selfies. But those who still like to snap a picture of their own face seem to be doing that a lot.
Travel photography is in decline for obvious reasons. As Bali and Paris remain out of reach, people are turning to stay-at-home subjects: family, pets, and food.
Time and again, people are finding solace in nostalgia for the past. Whether it’s nostalgic music or old photos, looking back at simpler times seems to make the present more tolerable.
The world may be a mess, but photo libraries aren’t. People organize their photos more often than ever — even those who never used to do it are rolling up their sleeves.