Not sure how much of this has to do with my age (I’m 35) but I have recently been noticing a certain phenomenon.
Films and photographs seem to have stopped “ageing”, or at the very least, are ageing too slow for me to notice.
Let me give some examples of what I mean Flicking through TV, I sometimes stumble upon a replay of a sports game played 10+ years ago, or a music video from ~15 years ago. It’s not immediately apparent however, that the thing I’m watching wasn’t filmed far more recently.
A recent piece I watched on 60 Minutes interviewed a girl whose father died 8 years earlier. The report inter-spliced footage from her interview with her dad’s funeral. If you didn’t have context, you’d assume the funeral shots were filmed at the same time as the interview, such was the indistinguishable nature of the 8 year old footage.
I seem to recall that, in any other period of my life (let’s say 2005), if I was seeing film footage, or a photograph from ~ten years earlier (around 1995), its age would be immediately apparent. I may not be able to pick the exact year, but I could tell what I was looking at was “old” and not recent. I’m trying to work out why I’ve lost the ability to do this when looking at most films and photos from the last 10-15 years. Is it because film and picture quality has been holding steady for some period of time now? Is fashion and other visually obvious trends changing slower than they once did? Is it just because of my age, I think that “ten years ago” wasn’t actually that long ago, because I can remember those periods so clearly?
All of the above?