Somewhere in the depths of a cupboard here at the noisy café HQ, is a bag of undeveloped films from ‘the old days’ when photography was limited to 12, 24 or 36 exposures.
I have a vague recollection of what’s on the films, and one day, I shall get them developed. They could be past their best though and have perished, so I may end up with a hundred or so prints of nothingness. But it got me thinking about photography today and more specifically, about the decline in having hard copy photos.
As we’re drawing close to That Season, I’ve been thinking about presents and what to buy. For a couple of people, I’ve seen some lovely photo frames. But I wondered whether they would actually ever get round to putting a photo in their respective frame. If they’re like me, the process of photography starts with their digital camera or mobile phone and then finishes with a Facebook album or a folder on a device, to browse though periodically at irregular intervals. And it doesn’t go any further. The stage of going on to develop images into hard copies doesn’t exist.
At home, I’ve got about half a dozen empty photo frames which I’ve picked up over the past few years with the intention of filling with photos of the family. But I never, ever get round to seeing it through to getting the photos printed.
The exception to this apparent printing ‘block’ are my wedding photos from three years ago which we did eventually get round to doing but really so we could present a set to our parents. The images are stored on the laptop as they were taken and presented to us on a CD. But the beautiful hand made driftwood photo album which our friend in Australia crafted for us, and then brought over with him when he last came to the UK to gift to is, is still awaiting the prints to fill it up. Guess that’s just down to complacency / laziness on our part and is probably another blog topic in its own right!
The wonderful thing about digital photography are the unlimited chances to capture and edit. So having images which are the very best they can be, shouldn’t be too hard to achieve. Therefore, they should look stunning in photo frames, compared to the quality of the film based photos once issued by Truprint or Boots or wherever.
So I need to make a commitment to revive the lost art of framing photos in our home. I haven’t got an up-to-date photo of anyone – probably the most recently framed photo of a loved one was done at least eight years ago (not counting a couple of wedding photos I have which are three years old). So I shall be trawling my digital albums and putting together a little folio of images to take to Boots or wherever and have printed off. I’m actually looking forward to it now as it will feel like a novel experience! How bizarre……..