OK, so we are fully immersed in the digital age and it’s flipping brilliant isn’t it! Stuff, like photos, are at your fingertips 24/7 and we really don’t have to think too much about where things are stored either. The paperless office of the 1990’s has over taken aspects of our personal life so that the savvy ones amongst us all have all kinds of digital files stored up in ‘The Cloud’ (I confess, I still don’t really use this terribly well).
How quick it is to scroll across your phone or tablet or fire up the desktop and find the photos you were looking for. All snug and safe somewhere in the air….
But does that make it the best way to keep things?
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When I sat down to think about this and started scribbling before Christmas – a key photo time of year for anyone – I actually felt a bit sad. I’d been looking through old family photos from my partners family and discovering new names and faces, and it was all very intriguing and far more interesting that just sitting down and chatting about ‘old so and so’. Having photos printed really gives an tangible feeling to learning about these people or the story behind the picture. They become alive in your head more and far more memorable.
As a photographer I’ve been terrible at printing my own personal photos. I suppose a part of me thinks I print plenty for other people, there’s also the fact that I don’t have children and so the chance to naturally document something like their growth and development as go through life just isn’t a part of my daily life. True, I have horses and dogs but I don’t have albums and albums of printed material documenting their life either.
So why bother printing?
That’s a scary concept but the reality is that it happens. Hard drives fail, we change phones and forget to back up and move across to new locations. CD’s/DVD’s/USB’s all become dated and the equipment used to display them is constantly becoming obsolete. How many of us already have a PC that doesn’t take a CD, so just how many photos have you got stored that you now can’t really access as easily as you wanted? Social Media channels come and go, so don’t get complacent that the Facebooks and Instagrams of today will still be here in 5 years. Now I’m not saying you need to print every single photo you ever took. That would be madness (and pretty expensive) but for heavens sake do keep the important ones done so when the tech world fails, you’ve got something you can literally hold on to.
Nostalgia as Decoration
One of the best forms of room decoration comes straight from those photographs. I just love being in a house that’s got someones key moments and memories on display. I’ve lost track of the times I’ve stood in someone’s hallway waiting for them only to get happily lost in looking at these framed prints. When I was growing up we had a ‘Rogues Gallery’ and each year it grew. I miss that and will be rectifying the situation for myself. The informal photos are often the best, there was one of me as a child sitting in a our dog’s wicker bed in the garden with her by my side, another of my brother tap dancing as a young boy. Nothing special in some ways but perfect in others as it was a real life moment. Don’t forget those nostalgic times!
The Special Moments Fade
Stop this from happening by having those seriously key moments on display all the time. Whether thats in an album you can easily flick through or a larger piece of artwork like a canvas sitting in a prominent place or personal little spot. By seeing these on a daily basis you constantly keep those amazing memories warm and alive. So much better than marching upstairs and looking on your PC, because chances are you just won’t bother.
In all honesty I get RIDICULOUSLY excited when my customers want certain images from our sessions framed or blown up because I know it means those memories will be proudly displayed and not tucked away. This is why we have these photography sessions, it’s why you come to me in the first place. To create lasting memories you can keep looking back over in years to come. It’s why most of my collections are print or printed product based too.
That said, I actually don’t mind if I don’t even supply the prints in the first place and they go on to print from digital when they are ready! It’s just really important to me as a photographer that they are printed at some stage and don’t lay festering on a hard drive somewhere. Lost in space.
Maybe I’m just a bit sentimental and want people to relive their favourite special or random moments more often… but I’ll take that!
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Until next time, have a fabulous day!
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