Here is the reason why 99% of the images you shoot today will soon be gone, forever.
Photographic images are everywhere. They are on your mobile phone, your tablet, your laptop or your PC, they are also stored on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and a host of other social media sites. Today we take more photographs then we have ever taken before. It has been estimated that in the last ten years we have taken more photographs than in all the years since photography was invented.
Cheeky Smile. Lyla. A really lovely picture from a mobile phone to keep forever.
It seems mothers and fathers want to snap every single moment of their new baby’s existence on their mobile phones, grandma says ‘Hey! Get that one, oh and take a picture of the new puppy and just look at her in her latest outfit, please take a photo of that’, and let’s not forget the millions of pouty party pics and selfies taken every single week.
Nowadays a photograph is only as good as the moment it’s taken. Next week most of them will have no real meaning anymore. So click! You delete them to make room for more pictures that have very little meaning. The photograph isn’t looked upon as it was 20 years ago.
My mother and grandmother in Ireland nearly 65 years ago It needs working on but if my mother hadn’t put it in a box it wouldn’t be here now.
Even if you are keeping some of the images what will happen to them say in 10 years’ time?
Here is the reason why 99% of the images you shoot today will soon be totally gone, forever.
Because we now shoot digitally a photograph is no longer important enough for us to keep them in printed form.
Back in the day people would buy a film take it to a wedding, to a birthday party, to a christening or on holiday, we then had them developed and printed and we put them into a photo album or photo boxes. We took great care of them and cherished them because they were part of our life and above all part of our history. When something serious happened they were the first things we would look for. These images represented our life and we salvaged all we could.
Mother, Father and me 1960. Dad died when I was 15 and my only memories of him are from photographs.
It’s a sad fact that only 1 in 100,000 photographs today actually get printed and stored permanently. But that’s OK because we can store them on our computers. Right? Wrong! Here’s why. You probably have thousands of images just randomly stored on your computer with absolutely no organisation whatsoever and no way to locate them, even if you have made some effort to save them it’s an overwhelming task to try to track back and find something.
My and my mate Kevin playing around in a photo-booth 1975, very silly but fond memories.
Adding to this, over the years, technology has changed so fast that we have stored our images on various different formats, some are already obsolete. The floppy disc has now vanished, I have boxes of CD’s & DVD’s full of images and in less than 5 years these too will be obsolete along with USB drives. File types are going to change as well and technology of tomorrow will no longer support these files.
Reflection in a mirror. My mother. I suppose you could call this a selfie only she took it in the 1960’s
Ask yourself where are the images you took ten years ago? In a drawer on a floppy disc, on a CD getting scratched, on an old Cell phone that you can no longer open, or even on an old memory card.
All these images are part of your life and as technology outpaces us we will no longer be able to access them if we don’t do something about it. Now!
A really happy moment just weeks ago, shot on a mobile phone, will the family have this in 50 years time? damn right they will.
Do yourselves a favour, when you take your photographs, get the important images printed and frame them or put them in an album. You may not realise but the second you take a photograph you are creating part of your history, whether you like it or not. Photography is very important. It is part of your life, your loves and your friendships and when you lose someone you will surely need those images to remind you of the good times. So Don’t Lose Them. Look after them.