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Why printed photos will
never go out of fashion

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Why printed photos will
never go out of fashion

I secretly took photos
of my mate...

...and here's why

My flame-haired flatmate Sarah is fond of a selfie.

In fact, her iPhone is fit to explode, she takes that many of them. She’s aware that I’m judgemental about her habit but she makes absolutely zero effort to hide them, finding my constant eye-rolling hilarious more than anything. If that’s not bad enough as it is, she also edits them on an app before she dares to commit them to Facebook or Instagram. 

I know most girls our age are the same when it comes to this, but in my opinion she’s at her most beautiful when she’s comfortable in her own skin, caught off-guard and just being herself. I can’t help but consider this to be a bit unhealthy as I don’t think it can be good for her sense of self-worth.

So… I decided to stage a playful intervention.

I started taking pictures of her without her fully realising what I was up to over the course of a day.

These candid shots – caught unaware in the kitchen soon after waking up, absorbed in a new book, even when I spotted her on the Tube to go shopping – were an effort to show her that she is beautiful as she is, when she has no idea there’s a camera pointing in her direction. She never sees herself this way, and it proves there’s no need for posed selfies, and especially no need for an editing app! 

Towards the last couple of photos she started to guess that I was up to something, especially when I ambushed her in the street, but she seemed to find it funny. Once I felt I’d taken enough photos (and realised her patience was starting to wear thin), I printed them on sticky-backed paper with my little Sprocket printer, and I decided to surprise her with them. 

When she walked into the flat, I handed them to her as I laughed my head off. First, she was a bit taken aback and jokingly called me a stalker (fair point). But I talked her through each and every photo, explaining to her why I had decided to take it, and why I thought it was beautiful.

She agreed to try and lay off the selfies and has said she will only use the editing app if she needs to hide a spot or crop out an ex-boyfriend, which is a fair call. I could tell she was touched by the time I had taken in order to make her feel good about herself, and it makes me happy knowing she has this little collection of beautiful and honest photographs to look back on and smile.

She even asked to borrow my Sprocket…

My flame-haired flatmate Sarah is fond of a selfie.

In fact, her iPhone is fit to explode, she takes that many of them. She’s aware that I’m judgemental about her habit but she makes absolutely zero effort to hide them, finding my constant eye-rolling hilarious more than anything. If that’s not bad enough as it is, she also edits them on an app before she dares to commit them to Facebook or Instagram. 

I know most girls our age are the same when it comes to this, but in my opinion she’s at her most beautiful when she’s comfortable in her own skin, caught off-guard and just being herself. I can’t help but consider this to be a bit unhealthy as I don’t think it can be good for her sense of self-worth.

So… I decided to stage a playful intervention.

I STARTED TAKING PICTURES OF HER WITHOUT HER FULLY REALISING WHAT I WAS UP TO OVER THE COURSE OF A DAY.

These candid shots – caught unaware in the kitchen soon after waking up, absorbed in a new book, even when I spotted her on the Tube to go shopping – were an effort to show her that she is beautiful as she is, when she has no idea there’s a camera pointing in her direction. She never sees herself this way, and it proves there’s no need for posed selfies, and especially no need for an editing app! 

Towards the last couple of photos she started to guess that I was up to something, especially when I ambushed her in the street, but she seemed to find it funny. Once I felt I’d taken enough photos (and realised her patience was starting to wear thin), I printed them on sticky-backed paper with my little Sprocket printer, and I decided to surprise her with them. 

When she walked into the flat, I handed them to her as I laughed my head off. First, she was a bit taken aback and jokingly called me a stalker (fair point). But I talked her through each and every photo, explaining to her why I had decided to take it, and why I thought it was beautiful.

She agreed to try and lay off the selfies and has said she will only use the editing app if she needs to hide a spot or crop out an ex-boyfriend, which is a fair call. I could tell she was touched by the time I had taken in order to make her feel good about herself, and it makes me happy knowing she has this little collection of beautiful and honest photographs to look back on and smile.

She even asked to borrow my Sprocket…

GETTING CREATIVE:
THE GIRLFRIEND SHRINE

Georgia and Sam have a very fun relationship, and love playing pranks on one another. One day, whilst Sam was at work, Georgia printed out 500 selfies on her Sprocket and built a colossal shrine to herself on his bedroom wall.

Check out the video to see how she did it.

These days we can take as many photos as we want – in fact, 1.2 trillion photos were taken globally in 2017. Digitized photos have become ubiquitous, and - far from being written off as a dead format - the printed photo has been rendered all the more precious.

Now we are able to carefully curate our choice picks before we go to print. We know that each one will be a beloved hit, and the time personally invested in choosing each one out of a burgeoning library of thousands increases its sentimental value exponentially.

Why don’t you try it for yourself?

The HP Sprocket is the perfect portable partner for printing out photos anywhere, which is ideal for taking away on holiday, printing out beloved snaps to create albums, or simply to decorate your room. It has a simple interface through a dedicated app which allows you to queue photos to print and customise them, adding stickers to customise to your hearts content.

It also solves the eternal struggle of running out of space on your phone, as you can delete the photos once you’ve printed them.

Give it a try, you’ll never look back.