I had to share this article that my friend Rachel Taylor over at Daylight Fading Photography shared on her photography page, but with a little insight from me, of course. The article is linked below.
I am a photographer, yes, but I'm also the first to scream at the top of my lungs that I'm a curator, too. See, I take photos of people, they then go on about their lives, not noticing the incremental changes they are constantly going through. Changes that are only evident if one has a perfect memory or photos to remind them of how things used to be.
I am a curator, like at a museum. I'm not preserving memories or moments for the right now, because what would be the point? You know what you currently look like, what your family looks like, what your love looks like. I'm curating these memories for the future. For your children to look at, for their children to look at.
The evolution of photo storage out-dates its previous incarnations. CDs, DVDs, and optical drives are all but obsolete. USBs eventually get lost or broken and many tablets and mobile devices don't have the ports to use them. Cloud storage might be the way files are saved now, but being able to access your photos whenever you want from a computer can be a hassle and it means few rarely do.
I'm willing to bet money that most of us grew up in households where the home was overflowing with photos. On the walls, on tables, mantles, shelves and even the fridge, were physical copies of photographs. You could look at them whenever you wanted, all you needed was light. Those photos lasted awhile, too, as long as they were well taken care of. Today, fewer people are printing their photos, and if they are, they happen to be using "convenient" and cheap drugstore printers.
Now, there's nothing wrong with that, except for the fact that these prints weren't made to last. They're quick and nearly effortless, and you get what you pay for.
Often, we wish we had more photos of an event or person, and most of the time, that thought occurs much too late.
So, take photos. They don't even have to be professional-quality (am I shooting myself in the foot here, or what?) just be sure to print them on materials that will last longer than just a couple of years. Technology changes quickly, and if you don't have access to pull photos off of discs, jump drives or other soon-to-be retro technology, you may be left without those memories.
If any of my clients or followers have questions about where to get great personal prints, please don't hesitate to ask! I will point you in the right direction!
The link to the WONDERFUL Huffington Post article that spurred this blog post.