They’ve noticed the questionable Y2K trends of low-rise jeans and Uggs — and now Generation-Z is turning its attention to vintage digital cameras from the early 2000s.
You remember – the blurry photos, the ugly metal camera frame with the wrist strap and the impossibility of instantly editing each photo to be Instagram-perfect.
That’s exactly what’s trending with the younger generation who are rebelling against the sleek, edited photos on their iPhones to seek more authenticity in their pictures.
Gen-Z’s favorite app, TikTok, has more than 184 million views with the hashtag #digitalcamera, and fashion’s favorite magazine, Vogue, even sported the device in its glossy pages.
Anthony Tabrez, 18, brought his Olympus FE-230 — a camera made in 2007 — to snap pictures of him and his friends waving their arms and showing off their best moves on the dance floor.
Tabrez finds the digital camera more exciting than taking pictures with his smartphone.
Zuniya Rabotson (pictured), now a model in New York City, recalls standing in front of monuments and tourist attractions when her mother photographed her on a digital camera. She now uses the same camera to take pictures for her Instagram
Digital cameras have become Y2K’s newest obsession with Generation-Z
Blurry, overexposed photos take over social media, with 184 million views on TikTok and many more on Instagram feeds
‘When you have something else to shoot, it’s more exciting,’ said the now-freshman at California State University, Northridge. the new York Times, ‘We are so used to our phones.’
Mark Hunter, 37, a photographer who used to shoot celebrity nightlife on digital cameras in the early 2000s, told the Times: ‘People are realizing there’s no fun attached to their phones.
You are getting different results than before. There is a slight delay in gratification.
And it’s not just the high school and college crowd that’s rocking the bandwagon, but celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Bella Hadid have also been seen sporting the sport in the early 2000s.
Many of today’s teens and young celebrities are posting these blurry, unrefined images to their Instagram pages instead of their parents’ scrapbooks—as opposed to their own childhood photos sitting dusty on a shelf—and the new trend is Enjoying
Among them is Zaunia Rabotson, now a model in New York City, who recalls standing in front of monuments and tourist attractions when her mother photographed her on a digital camera.
The devices were popular in the early 2000s and were often seen in the hands of celebrities such as Carrie Underwood
Tom Cruise poses for a picture with fans outside the Rome Film Festival in 2007
Robertson now uses that camera to snap moments from her adult life, posting overexposed images to Instagram, while sporting other 2000s trends like denim skirts and tiny handbags.
‘I think we are getting a little too technical,’ he told the Times. ‘Just a great idea to go back in time.’
According to a study by the Pew Research Center, more than 35 percent of teens admitted to spending too much time on their phones, and some even do it as a way to distance themselves from the self-sucking, mentally-depressing devices. taken from
To live more independently, teens are now digging out their parents’ old boxes and pulling out Canon PowerShot and Kodak EasyShare cameras—and if they can’t find them at home, they’re on eBay and other vintage sites. Let’s take away.
Searches for digital cameras are set to increase 10 percent on eBay from 2021 to 2022, company spokeswoman Davina Ramnarine told the Times.
Teens are saying that shooting on digital cameras is ‘more exciting’ and captures a moment differently than an iPhone
Searches for digital cameras are up 10% on eBay between 2021 and 2022
In addition, Nikon COOLPIX searches are up 90 percent, Ramanarayan said.
However, the means to live a more authentic life may not be as neat as Gen-Z would like to make it out to be.
Brielle Sagesi, a lifestyle strategist, told the Times that some Gen-Z are using cameras to appear more authentic online and to give their accounts ‘a layer of personality that most iPhone content doesn’t have.’
‘We want our equipment to quietly blend into our surroundings and not be visible. The Y2K aesthetic has changed that,’ she said.
However, some people want another way to depict a special moment.
‘When I look back at my digital photos, I have very specific memories attached to them,’ said Rudra Sondhi, a freshman at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. ‘When I look at the camera roll on my phone, I remember that moment and it’s nothing special.’
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