A Way to Capture Memories – The Quadrangle

By Kelly Cwik, Personal editor

Many Manhattan College students have created Instagram accounts dedicated to capturing their college memories. What makes these photos special is that they are taken using apps like Dispo or digital cameras to give an old-school feel.

Senior Marketer Paige Davis began posting photos in September using a 2003 Kodak digital camera given to her by her sister in February 2021.

“He just stayed in the box. I was like ‘What am I going to do with this?’ I was like, ‘I didn’t really want this, like okay,’ then September came around and I was like I was going to use it,” Davis said. “I will document everything. Our last year will be documented.

Davis wanted to make Instagram casual again and started posting all the photos she took.

“We can look back and just have those memories and have them timestamped. I don’t just post three photos that I think I look good in,” Davis said. “I post every photo we took. And we just thought it was more fun.

Emma Piazza, an early childhood education major, uses an app called Dispo to take pictures with her friends. One of his favorite parts of the app is not being able to see the photos until the next day. Similar to Davis, Piazza loves the aspect of not caring what she and her friends look like, but rather enjoying the moment.

“I think sometimes when taking photos you get so caught up in ‘Oh I need to see right after’, ‘what do I look like?’ And you kind of forget that you’re capturing memories,” said said Piazza. “So I like that. It’s all about capturing memories. No one cared about their appearance.

Piazza noticed that her friends were excited to get into the footage.

“It’s less about aesthetics and more about I think everyone likes ending up in photos,” Piazza said. “And like every time I pull out my phone, my friends are always thrilled to be in the picture.”

Lili Kobielski, professor of art history and digital media art, has a lot of experience in the field. Currently, Kobielski mainly uses a digital camera, but for a while she used a 35mm black and white rangefinder. His work has focused on documenting people and telling their stories.

“I still think it’s okay to take pictures all the time, to take pictures of your friends, your family, your life. You know, I think it’s incredibly valuable,” Kobielski said. “And it’s also a completely legitimate career and you can make a good living and you can travel the world and you can meet interesting people.”

Davis is happy to have started documenting her college life and encourages other students to do the same.

“I couldn’t understand why people like taking so many pictures or anything like that,” Davis said. “But now, in the space that I’m in, I’m so glad I did. And I hope someone else will document his time in college because it’s amazing.

Stewart C. Hartline