By KATE HUNTER
Did you know that more than ten per cent of ALL photographs ever taken were snapped in the last twelve months? That’s what digital has done. But do more photos mean more memories?
When I was growing up, Dad had an Olympus SLR camera that he, and only he, was allowed to touch. We were constantly reminded of the cost of film and the expense of processing and printing. Every family snap was staged and styled– sunglasses off, drinks down, hair out of eyes, smile HARD. God forbid we should squander that precious frame of film.
Consequently, we have few family photos from my childhood, and the ones we do have are all pretty much identical – we’re lined up in rows, squinting into the sun, with hair slicked down by parental spit. Nevertheless, those photos are treasured, and stand in small frames on sideboards and desks – cherished memories of picnics past.
Today our hard drives are choking on files, and it’s easy to see why. Here’s an example: A couple of days in the snow in July this year resulted in no fewer than 500 photos. They were taken on 2 digital cameras, an iPhone and a Blackberry. My 6 year old thinks nothing of taking a couple of dozen selfies on my phone (just imagine if I’d done that with Dad’s Olympus).
We also had a professional photographer take a few snaps, just in case none of the hundreds we took was unworthy of a frame. Good thing we did, because it’s the only picture that has, in fact, made it into print. The rest are languishing on hard drives – memories in waiting.
I find myself in a sticky situation at this point. I’ve always been a little judgemental about families who line the walls of their home and office with massive portraits of themselves and their kids. These portraits are often in black and white and everyone is wearing jeans and white shirts as popularised by Princess Diana’s favourite photographer Mario Testino. And because the photographer offers thirty-canvases-for-the-price-of-six, families end up with wall to wall family photos, so every time you go to the loo you end up being stared at by a toddler in a white polo. If you ask me (not that you did) it’s a little creepy.
Arguably worse than the ‘family gallery’, is sending the bonus canvases to friends and family as gifts. Not that they wouldn’t want to see your posse all scrubbed up, but then there’s an obligation to hang it somewhere prominent. That means sacrificing wall space. That means awkwardness when other family members wonder why the hell you haven’t got a portrait of their kids hanging in the dining room.
The solution is to create a photo book or a calendar, even cards. Lovely to look at, easy to store, tough to accidentally delete.
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How do you share and enjoy your photos? Do they ever make it off the hard drive?