Who Will Treasure My Digital Memories..

Thursday, 7 January 2016


Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a great festive season whatever you were doing. I'm going to kick 2016 with something on the deep side, maybe even thought provoking..

It's my Mum's birthday just after Christmas and as it was a big one I wanted to make a sentimental gift for her, something she could treasure, so I decided on a small scrapbooky style photo album that she could keep in her bedside table to look at whenever she fancies, rather that looking through piles of massive albums and disks.


As I followed her life in pictures, I learnt more about the child she was, the woman and mother she became,  I thoroughly enjoyed getting an insight into the memories that are not my own. There was a clear point at which I noticed everything changed, when things went digital.. which got me thinking..


Ok so digital cameras mean we can take more photos, we can delete obstructing thumbs and fingers right away, too dark or too light, we can get rid of them and try again. Which is great, but our photos have almost become cheap, they passively feed into the iCloud, or we import them to our computers... but then what. I can't remember the last time I went through the thousands of photos on my laptop.

I remember as a child I loved flicking through family photo albums, boxes of the oldest photos of ancestors long passed, the history behind them, the history of how things were and where I came from. They may not be alive to tell their stories, but in that single photo, I can get an insight..


Our grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren may likely not see our collections of photographs, which are stored on cards, computers or social media. These cards may fail as technology moves on without them, our computers will no longer work. Even if our profiles and memories still exist decades beyond our passing, how would anyone find them amongst the millions of pieces of content and imagery on the internet.

So if there's one thing I do this year, that's to take my memories offline. For Christmas my boyfriend kindly got me the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic which I am thrilled with, whilst i'm definitely still learning how to use it well, I am absolutely loving capturing memories with immediate physical results to frame them, collage them or share them with friends.

I'd love to know what do you think, does it matter? How do you store your photos?




8 comments

  1. This is something I think about a lot. I have so many photos - I can't remember what half of them contain. I keep meaning to get some printed out and put into an album, but I'd also love to include more film photography in my everyday life!

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    1. I have such a problem with duplicates too, I don't know about you but I take about 20 photos of the same thing before I'm satisfied I'll like one, so I just have files and files of cakes and coffees. Blogger/Instagram problems eh!

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  2. Hi, SarahAnn!
    I like printed photos too. It is so much easier to look them through when they are neatly placed in a photo album! Of course, as a digital camera owner I have most of my photos still stored in computer, but one day I will sort them out and print few from every occasion.:) I know not all people are so fond of photo memories though. I personally love to look through old and not so old pictures (digital or printed).
    So, here's to us, photo lovers! ;)
    Have a great day!
    Madara
    lookforsmile.com

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    1. I definitely think they have a place digitally, I do love a good self-stalk on Facebook I must admit! I guess I just don't know how future proof that is... It's nice to select the extra special ones and have them as physical photographs.
      Agreed, to us! Have a lovely weekend!

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  3. This is something I hadn't thought about before - I'm so used to looking back through pictures of my family and even myself when I was younger and a physical copy will always beat a digital one.

    I wonder if my kids would show my grandkids my Instagram profile one day haha!

    Love your blog btw, really feel like we write about similar things/have similar ideas haha!

    Georgie xo
    www.georgienicks.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I bet they will!! It would be so strange! To them I guess it would be normal.. then they'll move onto something else and digital copies will be retro haha!

      Thank you Georgina! Will check out your blog now :)

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  4. I print my photos out & also scrapbook. I'm thinking of trying to do something with the family tree. Like have family members write 10 interesting facts about themselves & maybe a quote or fave saying. Then add them to some type of book. Maybe scan them & add them online too. I'm the type of person that likes to read an actual book & actual catalog instead of looking at them online.
    http://therantingsofadramaqueensmum.blogspot.com

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    1. That's a great idea! I'm the same, I much prefer physical things to everything online - I'm no good at online shopping, I need to feel things.

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