Photographs evoke emotions. It's in every publication, advertisement, content enlivened by photographs. Before you read an article, the first thing you notice is the photograph. It's powerful in it's silence.
We go thru our photographs that are already digitized. However, when it comes time to discard them, I personally have difficult time to part. Even though all my collection is digitized, I have hard time figuring out which ones to still keep.
I will go thru year by year and start creating slideshows with captions. Each photo I look at brings back stories, what happened that day, what I used to have in the first apartment kitchen. Who else was invited to this party, studying the expressions of the guests and family. Howe things used to be and over the years what happened to the bonds that were supposed to be strong. Some evoke warmth and longing, others simply emotions of disappointment, betrayals and so on. I was amazed how some of those photos I discarded so easily, others I had to keep.
Another pile is kept for my creative works. That's why soon I plan on having workshops where we could bring our cherished photos and get creative with them.
Once I get them in slideshow, I will get back and report if that would help me get rid of some paper photos. I have 10+ shoe boxes of photos and two xerox box full of photos that are digitized. My goal is to reduce them to only 2 shoe boxes of photos I absolutely would refuse to let go! I will give my self two months to acomplish this and report back.
I would love to hear about your experience and how you deal with you family photos and albums, as well as the videos. Yesterday I double checked the digital copy of the video tape of my sister's wedding and was happy I didn't hesitate to discard! I hope to do the same with the rest of the one xerox full of family VHS tapes that we got digitized.
Here is an article that deals with professional photograph and what makes some photos more memorable than others: Moments of depth
Stuart Franklin has photographed conflict, nature and people. He discusses what makes a memorable imageby Stuart Franklin & Nigel Warburton
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