A couple of days ago I was on a short vacation in San Diego with Traci. We were spending the afternoon walking along the beach going in and out of stores and happened onto a couple of antique stores. Antique stores, garage and estate sales are always interesting to me. I’m always looking for old records, cameras and interesting finds. This particular day I happened upon an old box full of black and white photos that looked just as good as the day that they were printed. As I flipped through them a few thoughts occured to me. Who were these people, what was their story and I’m so glad that there is a record of them. In the box I saw formal photos alongside snapshots. It seemed like a random assortment all mixed together. I loved looking at the fashions of the day, the clothes, hairstyles and I thought about the future. There are more photos taken every day than at any point in history ever but what happens to those photos. Most of them live on our phones or get shared to social media, which is nice, but how many actually get printed. Unfortunately not many.
I remember when I was about 19. I took a trip with my father to California to visit his brothers and sisters. One night we were all sitting around the table and my aunt brings this big, old, dusty trunk out of her closet to the kitchen table. It is full of old photos, some color and some black and white. Over the course of the next several hours I sat and listened to my father and my aunts and uncles tell stories about all of these photos. There were some tall tales told that night and a lot of laughing. My relatives have always been excellent story tellers and I can’t remember a time where I saw my father laugh so much and have such an amazing time reliving his childhood. None of that would be possible if all of those photos were kept on a hard drive or cell phone. It would be a completely different experience if we were all hovered around a computer monitor looking at them. Holding a photo is a window to the past, one that you can touch and feel. I hope someday my kids and my grandkids will be sitting at a kitchen table passing around photos and laughing at all of the crazy things we used to do like the time they went whitewater rafting with their 71 year old grandmother and grandfather in Yellowstone. Some of the photos in this blog are some of my favorite photos of my parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Each one tells a story and each one brings back memories. I hope you take the time to print your photos our so that your kids and grandchildren can enjoy them for generations to come.
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