I’v been thinking a lot recently about the future of our photos. Living in a digital age makes it too easy to take a snap on our digital cameras or smart phones and load them instantly to our computers, Facebook, Instagram, etc. In one way it’s great. It means we can record our lives so much easier than it was for generations past. But on the other it means those images are more easily forgotten. With the speed of technology it’s easy to quickly move onto the next exciting thing instead of really savouring the moment. I know I’m guilty of it myself. As a photographer I should have more printed photos than I do hanging on my walls or in albums that I can physically touch. The time we spend looking at photos on computer screens far outweighs the time we spend looking at photos in a physical form. You’d think with all the time we spend on computers in our daily lives it would be nice to disconnect and look through a photo album. Here’s where I bring wedding photos into the conversation.
Without a doubt the majority of wedding photographers now supply their couples photos in a digital form. With the ability to take hundreds and thousands of images, a wedding day can be intricately documented capturing every tear jerking laugh out loud moment. This is where technology has succeeded. But I fear for the future of our photos. What good are those images if they sit collecting digital dust on our hard drives? Back in the days of film we would get those perfect sized 4×6 proof prints which had a more likely chance of ending up framed and sitting on the mantle. Photos are meant to be seen not uploaded to our online profiles where our future generations will never see. And I’m not giving out about online profiles, I think they’re great for sharing with friends and family that we don’t see often. It just shouldn’t be the only place they are displayed.
My other concern is the consistent change in technology. What happens to a disk when you pull it out after years and your computer no longer uses a disk drive? Firstly, make sure you’re saving copies of your photos to more than one location, and a full size copy online if possible (other than FB of course).
I know when I’m long gone I’ll be sure to have albums and prints that future generations will be able to look at the way I have albums and prints of past generations to look at. Imagine if our grandparents photos were only stored as 35mm slides and never printed? Who uses slides anymore? I hope this post has given you a little nudge to start printing your photos and putting them on display.
Here’s a few personal photos on a recent trip to Dingle to visit family (and my husband looking handsome as ever). I’ll be sure to print a few 😉