I was sorting through some of my old family photographs. A few go back to the 30’s but they all had a story. A time before me …way before me but it was my family in the early years. It made me consider the importance of photographs. Family members, but also places and things. So many things change but in a picture one can see what it was like for previous generations. Buildings are torn down, new ones built, clothes change, cars are different and some things disappear.
Letters are seldom preserved, there are a few diaries and what most people write today is electronic and short lived. Years ago I had a girlfried when I was in the Army and we wrote to each other. I kept them for some years until I married a different women, into the trash. Now I wish I would of kept them for various reasons. for me this is why photos are becoming important. It is something that can be passed on and it is a history, allbeit mine.
Over the years I have taken thousands of pictures, mostly of places and things. There are the pictures of the ex and juvenille, plus the cats and dogs. Some of these pictures will find there way into their hands. Other pictures will go some other place…. There is a posteriety, a record I will leave behind. My stories and letters will shrivel, the puter will hold them and on discs but will they take the time to read them…..who knows???? Pictures though they will sit and look at them, set them into a slide show.
This past year i have taken about 3000 pictures of various events, places and things. I take time to sort them out in folders on occasion and with digital it is time consuming but when I get them on disc they make a pretty good show.
With the point and shoot digital camera, taking pictures is so much easier. The days of the out of focus 35mm are gone, as are the over/under exposed pictures. Those times are precious also. In the store room there are about 10,000 slides from around the country. someday those will be on a disc. The thing is make a small record. I cherish the small one from my early family.
There are memories to be relived forever.