Have you recently flipped through your old photo albums? It’s really fun right? You see photos of yourself when you were little, back when toys and candies were the only things you desired. Seeing those old photographs is a very heartwarming activity if you ask me. But have you ever wondered if kids these days will ever feel that way? Will they still be flipping through family photo albums? Or just browse through Facebook albums?
Warning: Please note that this is just my commentary, it is only based on my observation and I have no study or any evidence to prove these things.
Due to the ongoing digital grind, one tradition that I believe is starting to fade is the tradition of having family photo albums. Yes, more photos are being taken each year, but no, it is not being printed, instead, it is being posted on Facebook and other social networking sites. Why and when did this happen?
This is when film negatives became converted to megabytes; instead of just taking 36 photos became hundreds and sometimes thousands. When access to the photos you have taken is just a click away.
Let us swallow the simple fact that technology is unpredictable, photos in digital format won’t last forever, those millions of bytes can disappear in just a blink of an eye. Your photos of Christmas gatherings, graduations, weddings, birthday parties, family reunions, and other special events will be forever lost in the abyss if not printed. Lucky for us analog shooters, we have negatives/positives that last a lifetime, but still my question is to print or not to print?
Of course my answer is TO PRINT whether it be taken with a digital or analog camera. Why? Simply because I know many years from now, browsing through family photo albums will always be the most heartwarming activity I will ever be doing. I want to see how the people around me have changed, how I have changed, how our house has changed. I want to see those people that have come and gone in my life. In the future, if I will have my own kids, I want to see how they grow, and I want them to also see how they were when they were little. I want to see how my whole life has passed. And that is not through a monitor or LCD screen; I want to look at it in through real and tangible photograph.
Now I will leave you with a question to ponder for yourself, to print or not to print?