Someone told me recently that they don’t use wallet sized prints any more. “We just stick them in a drawer,” is what I was told, or something to that effect. Honestly though I’ve been told that more than once, and frankly up until now it offended me. Wouldn’t you be offended if someone took your work and stuck it in a drawer? But I’ve been looking at it all wrong. Over the Christmas break we spent the obligatory time at the home my in-laws…Myra (Maw Maw) and Tyrone (Papa). Somehow, for some reason, a handful of old pictures got passed around. Some of them were Christmas snapshots from the 70s (those are the most fun). Some of them were old black and white pictures from family gatherings, a few of the people are still around. And some of the photos were school pictures…wallet size. But all of the pictures had one thing in common. They were printed. Prints that I could hold in my hand. Prints that I could look at and say, “Wow, she was so pretty” or “he looks just like…” Anyway we had such a great time looking through those pictures. And we were able to have that fun because the pictures were printed. They weren’t on somebody’s cell phone, or floating around in some imaginary internet cloud above our heads. Nor were they located on a piece of obsolete hardware.
I had that much of this post written when we lost Papa. Thankfully, there were drawers and albums full of printed pictures for us to use in the memorial.
So go ahead, stick those pictures in a drawer. At least that way you still have them. I’ll take that over a CD any day. Because you would do the same thing with the CD…stick it in a drawer. The only difference is, you will still be able to look at the prints every time you open that drawer. Who knows about the CD. When was the last time you were able to open a floppy disc?
My good friend Missy said it best. “In 50 years, the most photographed generation in history will have no photographs.”
I hope to prevent that from happening, at least in my little corner of the world. It’s one of the many reasons we don’t sell primarily digital files. Don’t get me wrong, digital files have their place and their purpose, but not in the long term. Technology changes at such a rapid rate. Software and hardware becomes unreadable, hard drives crash, cell phones get lost, and yes even clouds evaporate. Print what you want to preserve. It’s as simple as that.
And while I’m not a huge advocate of inkjet prints, THIS VIDEO from Canon speaks volumes.