When was the last time you scrolled back through the images on your smartphone? Chances are there were some surprises in there – encounters you'd forgotten that suddenly came flooding back. "I have something like 24,000 photos on my phone,” says sustainable fashion and lifestyle blogger Izzy Manuel who loves vintage clothing. "Half of them are selfies. But the other half are memories that I'd love to see more of – Christmas dinners or random nights out with my university friends. It's not just the big events but the small things that make life special, something we all realised during the Coronavirus pandemic," she adds.
Today, carrying smartphones and portable cameras wherever we go, we're taking more images than we ever have. Billions of photos are taken every year, but many of them sit on SD cards or phone galleries gathering digital dust.