In Silke Arnold-de Simine’s recent publication, Picturing the Family, a roster of academics use different photographs as case studies to understand how family’s percieve memory and identity collectively. It’s been three years since my mom stopped using her camera. “It’s just easier, ” she said, announcing our first smartphone-documented Christmas. “I can email the pictures to your uncle in Spain.” Then, with the patience of someone reasoning with a Luddite, “You know, I can always print them off later.” Of course, I understood, having myself lost patience with everything not instantly shareable a long time before my parents capitulated to the cheap thrills of click and send. But, This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Arts & Culture Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Neighborhood: Fire Stations The firefighting profession has evolved over time from Ancient Rome’s rudimentary bucket brigades to today’s sleek life-saving departments.