I would like to tell you a story.
A story about why I believe it is important that we print our memories.
In 2011 I attended my cousins wedding and while the official photographer was doing their thing I made portraits of my family.
In the spring of 2012 my uncle died suddenly. It was a devastating loss for my family. My way of coping with the grief was to surround myself with photo albums from my childhood. Seeing his face and remembering the wonderful experiences with him eased my pain. In my search for images for his memorial slideshow I found those portraits from 2011 stored away on an eternal drive I no longer accessed. I printed and framed that portrait as a gift to my Aunt. You can imagine the emotional reaction it received. Even though I had emailed her a copy of the image years ago, she had never gotten around to making prints of it. The framed print was displayed lovingly on his memorial table.
I actually feel that I am doing my clients a disservice by only delivering digital images to them because I know that it is possible that those images will never be viewed again and could potentially vanish.
DVDs are becoming a thing of the past as technology advances. Jpeg files are corruptible and 22% of hard drives fail after 4 years. It isn’t a question of if; it’s a question of WHEN. It has happened to me many times. Thankfully, I have two onsite and two offsite backups of all my images. Even still, I am beginning to print again. I've started the massive project of printing and filling albums with my favorite images since I started shooting digital in 2006.
There is concern in the scientific community that this generation will be a black hole as we rely so heavily on digital documentation which is corruptible and often deleted off our phones. I am grateful that I grew up in the analog generation and that I have these printed memories of my childhood and albums filled with friends and adventures from my 20's and 30's.
People need to know where they came from. They need a sense of lineage. Please print your memories. Get those images off your phone before you delete them to make more room. Print them. Make albums. Start today.