What a roller coaster ride 2014 was.
As I’ve started to print and enlarge more of my work to hang in my studio, I’ve been thinking a lot about printing photographs. And as we start a new year, I am on a mission to print more images as a way of welcoming the possibilities ahead.
With the digital age, social media has become our photo album. Many people don’t even print their photos anymore; they just keep a digital album to share. Although I do share a lot of my images digitally, there’s nothing like actually holding a print or hanging a canvas on a wall.
I’ve always had an affinity for printed photos. My mom owned an antique store when I was young, and she would often have stacks of old photos for sale. I worried about the people in the photos—wasn’t someone missing these images in their family albums? I diligently kept scrapbooks myself for years as a way to document my life and my daughter’s childhood. My intricate scrapbooks have been replaced by photo books, but I still get prints to have some tangible reminders of special moments in my life.
Professionally, nothing makes me more proud of my work than seeing it in print. The paper just picks up elements of a photograph that you can’t capture on a screen. One of my favorites is a photo I took of the Louvre museum in Paris. Though I like the digital photo, it really came to life when I had it printed on high-quality pearl paper.
In my personal life, I find that prints are important, too. The issue with storing all of your photos online is that you never really see them. Facebook is all about projecting your life to others, but why should you not display those best moments for yourself? I find that when I print out my personal photos and put them up in frames, on the wall, or even tacked to a bulletin board, I look at them more often. In doing so, I spend a bit more time each day reflecting on positive memories.
We could all do with a couple more reminders of good times. I encourage you to pick out some of your favorite photos that you haven’t printed yet and go print them, even if it’s just at the local Kodak kiosk in the drugstore. Let your loved ones and cherished memories have a physical presence in your life rather than get lost in the archives of Facebook albums and computer files!