I took this photograph almost three years ago during a stint of living in Tucson, Arizona. I was on my son’s field trip to the Botanical Gardens and shot this while we were waiting with our group. To be honest I forgot about this photograph until this week when I was browsing through my hard drive on a photo search.
It solidified the following facts:
- I take so many photographs.
- I take photographs of so many things.
- I clearly like to document our life.
- A small percentage of my photographs actually make it online (via blog or social networking)
- A very large percentage of my photographs are forgotten on hard drives
I take more photographs (for myself) that I do anything with after uploading.
The Bigger Problem
Just because we can back up our photographs in so many ways it does not mean something could happen to them. I still do not know if we are going to be able to recover digital photographs from the first few years of my eldest son’s life. We had them backed up on cds, which were lost in a move. We had them saved on an external drive…which we think is somewhere in a box but has yet to be seen. I’ve been putting of the hunt hoping that they really are somewhere. Luckily I have a few things printed out. But I did not print out or make it through more than a few pages in a scrapbook I began.
The Sad Truth
How many of us take digital photographs and only really share them online. When was the last time your printed off photographs? When was the last time you had a print bigger than a 4×6 and put up on your wall. If you have ever had your photographs printed out and have held them in your hands you know what it is like to be able to hold it in your hand. There is nothing compared to the lack of connection a photograph has on a computer screen. The digital age is amazing but are we just taking tons of photographs, perhaps sharing select ones online, and not enjoying them at home?
Photo books. I want to start making yearbooks for my family. I am trying to figure out how to execute this mission. Perhaps I’ll see how far back I can go with my kids and begin there. Maybe I’ll start with 2013 and as I finish book work my way backwards.
I can have tangible books that my family can enjoy and relive memories. They will also make great christmas gifts for the end of the year. It kind of takes the next step over Christmas newsletters.
So this is my plan to address the family photos of my family and hope will be able to show off some finish products as I complete this goal.
Q: After reading this let me know what your thoughts are in regard to your personal experiences with digital photography. I would love to hear your story!
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