In this age of digital everything, are physical photo albums a thing of the past?
A LONG Winter and Now: Bronchitis
I recently shared how my husband and I survived this LONG winter. I really should have said “mentally” survived! The day before I shared the long winter post, I went out snowshoeing with my friend and our two dogs for an hour or so. It was a bit longer than planned because even before we started, I commented I felt I was getting a cold. That afternoon we were hit with a big ice storm (yes, ,more crappy winter weather!) and in the evening we lost power until nearly noon the next day.
I am sure it was just coincidence but I woke up in the cold house with whopping, nasty chest cold! Bronchitis to be exact.
Today is Day 8 and it has let up a bit but not to the point I can be really busy and actually move around a lot and “DO” something. It seems if I move a lot, like dash up the stairs, I have a 15 minute coughing fit. I am very fortunate, in that I am not working outside the home and do not have small children. However, I am in my 50s and this has really “Socked it to Me!”. (You may need to be a child of the 70s to get that Goldie Hawn line.)
Okay enough “Poor Me”, so what does all this have to do with PHOTO ALBUMS?
You see, I have been an avid photographer for years. I even developed my own black and white way back in the day so I have DOZENS and DOZENS of photo albums. I also have HUNDREDs of printed pictures, needing sorting, labeling, filing and framing. Some stacks go back 3 or 4 years. These are mostly travel photos along with some family and artistic attempts. Not all will go into albums, it’s also time to update the gallery wall.
With this bronchitis, I have barely gotten out of my PJs, or bed for that matter, meaning I have been unable to tackle active, productive projects like sanding and painting. Looking around, I decided it is time to get out the boxes of photos and empty albums and get to work on them. Nice quiet, non-stressful activity. This will also be a MAJOR de-cluttering / organizing task that is SO LONG OVERDUE!
Sorting and Filing is well underway.
This is most but not all of my albums. Looking from top to bottom, you can almost see the “History of Photo Album Styles”. The top row are the peel and stick type!
I love printed photos.
I love to look at them.
I love to touch them.
I love to remember and reminisce over them.
Will my daughter and the next generation value photo albums and the memories they hold as much as I do?
Are printed photos and photo albums following a similar path as music? I distincely remember my first stereo receiver, turntable, cassette deck and then CD player. Now all gone.
A couple of summers ago, at the encouragement of my husband and daughter, I sorted through all of my albums, selecting HUNDREDS of important pictures and sent them to be digitized. I have them on both CDs and a dedicated hard drive. I did the same with the literally hours and hours of family and vacation video we have on 8mm. It was an expensive venture but it is very important to me that we preserve these memories.
To date, neither my husband or my daughter have taken a look at what we now have on digital.
Is that not a telling sign?
Is the effort of labeling and filing photos, in order to capture memories of precious times together, now a futile effort?
I have also realized I have not printed and filed away our pictures from the trip we took in August of 2013 to Prague and Vienna. Should I bother? Will this be the last of my photo albums?
Maybe I am just getting old and old fashioned.
Yes, we are all busy. Life is moving so fast. Maybe too fast.
Capturing special moments seems to be no longer all that special. It is instantaneous. Then it is on to the next “special” moment.
Regardless, I will continue to tackle this task over the next few days when I need to sit quietly and watch NetFlix or listen to a book from Audible on my phone.
Do you still print photos and fill photo albums?
Do you think photo albums will go the way of records and CDs and maybe even DVDs?
I would love to hear your thoughts!
( Did you happen to note the irony in the last sentence before my question? )