Daily Archives: October 24, 2012

Pictures, Then and Now

I was sorting through photo albums a while back and taking a wonderful walk down memory lane in the process. I love taking pictures. I especially love this new digital world we live in, where we can take as many pictures as we want and the only resources used up are our time and camera (or computer) storage space. Pretty nifty, if you ask me.

Photographs themselves have changed so much. Here’s one of my grandfather in the sepia tone of olden-days that we try so hard to mimic in modern times.

 When I was a baby, black and white photos had those crinkled edges. Remember? And yes, this is me as a child.  🙂

 Then it was the slightly washed out color tones of the 70’s and 80’s, like this pic. Yep, me again. I’m on the left, ready to go to Junior Prom with a couple friends of mine. (By the way, my mother made that dress for me. 🙂 )

Now, the colors are more vibrant than ever, like this one taken last year with my brothers and sisters.

So it’s not just the subject matter that helps to date photographs. It’s also the colors (or the lack of them). Over the years, even my photo storage has changed. I started off putting everything in those sticky sheet albums that are so bad for the pictures. Then I became a scrap-booker, designing pages around the pictures. I went to a lot of “scrap nights” at the hobby store and it felt like the old-time quilting bees, where we all sat around working on projects and talking about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

These days, I rarely print pictures I take. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I save them all digitally, on my computer, my external hard drive, and also on DVD. Yes, I’m so scared of losing them I save them in 3 different places. I load them up on our digital frame and watch happy events, picture after picture. It’s not the same as an album, but the memories are just as vivid.

How about you? Do you still print pictures and put them in albums?  Do you prefer that to looking at them on a computer?

I wish you all a picture perfect week!  🙂