Our very curious 5 year old loves digging through every nook and cranny in our home to make new discoveries. Recently, he came across a family history album made for me by my Great Grandmother Gussie. His interest peaked as we went though the album. He could not believe these people in the old photos were actually HIS family. What a wonderful conversation came from all of these photos.
Do you think you look like anyone? Do I? Look there is Nana as a baby! Isn’t she cute? This is my grandmother Jeanette. Look at that old car! Here is their old house. Do you think it is still standing today? There is my grandfather in WWII. That little guy looks like uncle Chad! Look they had a horse!
This got me thinking. In 100 years from now, will my great great grandkids be able to have this same experience of seeing and imagining their relatives in times past? Or will our current family’s photographic history be lost in the digital abyss of today’s times. How many digital photos have I lost already? Plenty! With the constant fear of failing hard drives, and losing digital photos, this thought definitely motivated me to PRINT MY PHOTOS!
I’ll be the first to say, I am one of the worst at printing my photographs. Being a photographer, I have tons of family photos and so many that I love, but only a small number have made it out of the computer. Which really is quite sad, because how often does someone come to your house and say, “Hey, lets look through your computer at your family photos.” That happens pretty much…never. Always people are looking at your walls, through albums, and in picture frames.
Obviously, it is not to say digital images do not hold value. We live in a very digital, social media driven, online world, but there is nothing like a big fat printed photo to really make you appreciate and soak in the image for all that it is worth.
Say it with me. “I hereby declare to print my photos!”
Do it for the grandkids!
What about you? Do have a different feeling viewing an image that you can touch and feel in your hands rather than one on a screen? Are you good at printing photos? Making albums? Have you lost many photos over the years?