A little girl found a cute picture of herself as a newborn being cuddled by her father on the sofa. She then asked if her mother could repeat the picture, with father and daughter in the same cozy positions snuggling down together. The family, from Hong Kong, have carried out this photo tradition every year since then, attracting millions of views from around the world.
The little girl’s father Wong Ting-man has a longstanding interest in photography but of the more old-fashioned kind from the pre-digital era. The reason for this is his love of the instant camera, which was hugely popular in the 1980s and 1990s for printing an image without the need to send away the film for processing. He’s been collecting instamatic cameras since 1992, which in a digital age reveals how much photography has changed.
Back in 2012 Time Out reported that the 49-year-old held the world record for the largest “instant camera” collection. Interviewed in the April of that year, Ting-man revealed that he had more than 1,000 of the devices. “In a world overwhelmed by digital pictures, a photo that can be held in your hand is especially precious,” he said.