About those photos

I’ve been scanning a lot of our old photos to put them into digital format and store them. It’s rather tedious, but not something that I need to concentrate on, so I often do it while watching tv or YouTube or such.

Occasionally I find a picture that makes me laugh, based on hairstyle or clothing, or finding the “most organized” award in grade school for my pack-rat daughter. Whatever you thought was going on at the time, the humor comes from what you think about it now. “What were we thinking?”

But most of the pictures are just “meh.” As exciting as our life was (yeah right,) most of the pictures are just not that interesting. Zoo pictures? Probably the worst culprits, unless you are into biological cataloging. So many pictures of babies… which one was this? Which scenic site was this? Which school award, baby shower, recital, or taekwondo tournament was this?

Usually these mysteries are solved by observation of which couch, apartment, or car was in it. Dating your experience is not that hard, but someone else might not get the clues. A photograph is really a record of what a particular person thought was interesting. Would anyone else ever be interested in these pictures? Probably not. That is the “house cleaning” clue that you need. If no one wants to see it there’s a good chance you don’t need to keep it.

But still. We have them, just in case.

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2 Responses to About those photos

  1. shythom says:

    I’ve been thinking about photos and sometimes homemade videos of the past, as well. It’s interesting because now with social media and our phones being attached to our hips (especially as the cameras are improving on Apple and Samsung products), people are taking more and more photos. And more and more people are also dodging the camera view as well. I’m one of them. I often feel like the camera seems to always be present and my growing pet peeve is being forced to always have my photo taken.

    I love taking scenic photos myself and usually post them on Instagram. I suppose since none of the photos take any physical space, I’m not worried about clutter, though I do try to take photos which are meaningful me and share-worthy. I admit I rarely go back early ones. Sometimes I will just to remind myself of certain vacation dates.

    And speaking of vacation, I also learned not to live my entire vacation behind the lens. I’ll take a few really good, scenic shots but then try to experience my surrounding just by being present.

    • Doug says:

      Vacation pictures make great wallpaper for your desktop! Well… 5% of them do, anyway.
      With the quality of phone cameras now, there has never been such volume of terrible photos. At least with film the expense made you think about composition and lighting before snapping that shutter.

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