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?