I just heard that my good friend Lizzie who writes the blog Dream Discover Italia has recently been awarded the 2015 Italy Magazine’s Art & Culture Best Blog Award .. Wowsa !!! Congratulations and much merrymaking are in order… well done Lizzie ! So glad to see her continuous hard work paying off.
She recently nominated me to take part in a 7-day photo challenge. All I had to do for this, was to put a photo that I had taken, onto Facebook, for 7 consecutive days and perhaps say a word or two about it.
Doing this got me thinking about photography. More specifically, about how we store images today, on our ipads, phones, Macs and PCs, and just how much things have changed from my younger days, with memories of waiting 3 days to get your photographs returned from Max Spielman before sticking them in albums. Also who recalls that wonderful feeling of anticipation, before you saw the results, of what they might look like! Lol
In some respects it’s a change for the better. Digital images are immediate. If you don’t capture what your viewing, first ‘click’ around, you can see instantly and have another try, unless your subject matter has already flown, jumped, or otherwise disappeared. But what I find a little disheartening, is the way that our photos end up stored in some huge folder and rarely, ever get looked at ever again. Ok so you can print them out, have them eternally revolving on your TV screen or digital photo frame, but do they have the same impact or shelf life ? Are these precious moments we once captured, becoming fleeting instances that get forgotten so quickly ? Or is life becoming more about the here and now and less about memories of the past ?
I for one, still like to have photographs of things I have seen, personally, a picture does speak a thousand words. I can look at a photo of some friends and recall so much more about our conversation on that day, where we met and things that happened, than if I try to recall the same event, without the visual prompt. Perhaps that’s just how my brain works ? What does anyone else think ?
In the spirit of keeping our photographs alive, here’s a few I’ve taken earlier : )
As usual with my images, there is often an element of colour and texture involved.
Frosty plants and snowdrops.
Still awaiting more sunshine to come and warm up our days. The small splashes of crocus and daffodil colours are most welcome.
Have a look at your old photos today and see what you can discover.