The power of the print

Family Photos from 20th century

My mum and dad were sorting out family photos recently and I couldn’t resist taking some copies. There are photographs here of my Mum, Nanny, Granddad and Great Granddad. Some of these images are over 100 years old. The prints are fragile and ageing and have to be carefully stored but they exist and that makes me happy.
This got me wondering about what will happen to all our CDs and USBs of digital images 100 years from now.

Technology

Technology has changed rapidly since I did my degree in photography over 25 years ago. From floppy disks to zip drives, then CDs to USBs, who knows what it will be next? We need to make sure that we keep moving our precious memories to the newest storage system, or the next generation will never see them.
However, do you know what doesn’t need to be constantly updated? That’s right, a printed image. Luckily for us, our 100 year old family photographs are still as easy to access and enjoy as the first day they were printed.

On the wall

Ten years ago Professor Geoff Beattie, Dean of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester wrote ‘We cannot underestimate the power of photographs to keep us feeling linked to others and belonging. They cement us into our networks’
It’s really important for children to see images of themselves and their family displayed in their homes. It creates a sense of belonging and it’s a wonderful way to build a foundation of family, home and love.
There’s a lovely article here about exactly this:

https://bouncebackparenting.com/build-connection-how-photos-create-a-sense-of-belonging-in-kids/

Digital images

Don’t get me wrong, my clients love to buy digital images from our sessions and I love providing them. What I really want though, is to make sure those images get printed. I want to see them proudly displayed on walls, carried around in wallets and printed in albums.
There are so many places to get your images printed these days. I’d recommend spending a little more to get good quality prints.
Don’t forget, here at Hushabye Photography we can provide frames and albums from any of our sessions and I love it when clients send me photos of them in use.
You can find my product guide here:
https://hushabye-photography.co.uk/prices/

Here’s a quick snap of my album shelf at home. I’m sending off my 2018 album to print this week and can’t wait to add it to my collection. I’d love to see your family photographs and how they’re displayed.