Most early memories from my childhood are attached to photographs that my parents took or had made. I remember going to the Paul Revere park with my dad and cousins and feeding the ducks - because there is a photo of us doing that. I remember rollerskating on my birthday - because there’s a photo from that. I remember dressing up like a clown for Halloween - yep, you guessed it, there’s a picture of that. But what about my other memories? Well, they’re a little fuzzy. I don’t remember what the theme of my 7th birthday was, because there aren’t any printed photos from that time. I don’t know if photos were taken, but because they aren’t in an album or on the wall, they’re gone - at least to me.
It’s easier than ever to capture and share photos. The prevalence of smart phones and social media sharing means that we take more photos than ever before. But I’m worried that those photos may not be as permanent as we think. If the only place your photo exists is on your phone or in Facebook, will you still have it in a year, in five years, in thirty years? What happens when you lose your phone or Instagram accidentally shuts your account down? Will you get those photos back?
A solid backup strategy can balance out the risk of digital photo storage, but there is another problem with digital only - who has access to your photos. I don’t mean do the “bad guys” have access, but rather do the good guys have access? Do your kids get to see all the photos? Does your spouse have the same images that you have? How about your mom, your best friend?
I believe that the best way to ensure that your most important images last is by having prints made. They can be large wall prints, photo albums, or just a simple shoe box full of images. But they will exist in physical form.
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