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Saving Crypto in a Photograph

The photography industry is truly an art form has been on the decline. Ever since it became all digital, people were no longer interested in buying prints. Don’t get us wrong because some still do but it is not important as it once used to be. By the end of 2018, the world would have taken 1 trillion photographs and where does all of it go?

So, what’s the point of a blockchain? Where does it come in play?

Blockchain enables us to buy, sell, trade and destroy those digital photographs as they were tangible photographic prints. You can produce and sell to anyone in the world and as many copies as you want. The cost of printing and shipping is reduced to none.

If you are new to the concept of blockchain you may want to read up on it more. But to put it into simpler words, blockchain is a decentralized place where no one party rules anything. Every single user is the governing body. All the information stored cannot be screwed with.

Therefore, since it is all digital, photography is one industry that will be benefiting the most from it. The creative process to the consumption; all will be transformed but in a good way.

Photography starts and ends digitally which gives it an edge over other art forms. The reason why it is difficult for tangible art forms to make use of this is that they cannot change their physical asset into a digital one.

A photograph is a flat medium, meant for screens. Most photographs exist in the virtual world. It is meant to be presented on screen because the difference can be seen when it is out on the paper as compared to when it exists digitally. The new, ultra, high-resolution screens are designed for sharing fine art and are narrowing down the gap between the analog and digital representation. So this is MEANT for the virtual world.

Blockchain improves security. Since every single move is recorded, it is hard for people to steal anything. If you are found where you aren’t supposed to be; it will instantly alert the artist. Everything in the real world is limited and finite. Blockchain improves the existing tools for assuring that essence is maintained by decentralizing the information and introducing digital scarcity.

Moreover, there seems to be more familiarity with photography. With the advent of smartphones, the art of photography has entered the comfort zone of many. Companies are producing phones that have great cameras, as good as the DSLRs, and if you go exploring Instagram, people are doing wonders with their phone. It also requires less physical work as compared to other art forms.

The social media has played a huge role in its consumption. The mainstream media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., has made it so easy for everyone to be a photographer. Though we don’t know if you’ll be a good one but practice makes a man perfect.

Photography in this day and age remains the most popular art form and it becoming part of the blockchain technology gives new hope to the people. It might be the only way people start taking it as an art form instead of some recreational activity.

Soha Ali

As vanilla as it sounds, a filmmaker in the making. Soha brings the irony out of the crypto world by contributing to the Unfiltered section of BlockPublisher. Contact the editor at editor.unfiltered@blockpublisher.com

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