When a turning point comes in life, seasons are left behind and new ones begin. Photos outlast those transitions, but are always best to keep around in memorium? In our electronic age, even our film photos are posted as pixels and online images. Thus comes the question, “To Delete, or Not to Delete?”
The lifetime of a photo is dictated by how long the paper and colors last. This could be affected by sunlight, care (or lack thereof), chemicals, heat, and the list goes on. Still, in comparison to the lifetime of an online photo, which can usually be deleted with the click of a mouse (or track pad for us laptop users), tangible photos are much more eternal, if that even makes sense.
How long should we keep around our precious memories, at least on the internet? Is there an appropriate time when certain photos should be taken down or does that cancel out the way film is supposed to be time-tested and durable?
My first album here on Lomography was called “Lemon Destruction.” I was so incredibly proud of how I tried out some film lab rat tipsters (woah, soak the film in lemon juice.. so cool!), and got some pretty gnarly results. Looking at the album now, it amazes me to see how far things have come within the two year span, and frankly, it’s not the most comfortable feeling. Even in terms of which cameras I used before, and which films I favored – all of those elements have changed, too.
New seasons, new friends, new environment, new companions – I think that we all experience shifts in those spheres. Dare I say… a new me?
So as I’m writing this Analogue Lifestyle piece, I’m seriously debating over either creating a new username, starting afresh…or deleting some photos. Would that be blasphemous to the memories so heralded amongst the people and circumstances immortalized within the photos?
I don’t know, but I think transitions are helped when complete movement from one place in life to another is accomplished.
And perhaps, even by deleting some photos, I won’t be forgetting the memories, instead, I can finally put to rest the honor of those in my thoughts, those which I cherish and never want to taint. Rest in peace, in a sort of way.
Now where’s that delete button?