While looking through some of my old photos from Europe in an attempt to find something to illustrate Lord Kames rhetoric principle of "sublimity conveyed through grand objects," I stumbled across some photos that, while probably not grand, reminded me of something that has become very popular today.
It was a foggy, rainy, early February night in San Lorenzo Italy, and for some reason that I don't remember at all, my friends––who were still very much strangers at this point––Mary, Connor, Nicole, Bryan and I decided to go stumble around in the wet and the dark. I didn't want to risk destroying my brand-new Panasonic Lumix super-zoom, but at the last minute, slipped my little Sony CyberShot, the first digital camera I ever owned, into my coat pocket. As I had suspected would happen, by the time we staggered into a bar which we would later know affectionately as Martin's––but like I said, we were still very much strangers at this point––we were completely soaked.
My camera was soaked too, but still functioned more or less. I took some rather awkward snapshots (may I emphasize again, we were wet strangers sitting together in a bar in Italy) as we waited for our chocolate calde to arrive. Stumbling upon them again just now, I was struck by how much they look like they were taken with instagram. Don't they?