30 years ago, and when my parents were still here, I remember my excitement showing them the images I had taken of my sons, they on the other hand did not seem as thrilled. However, later when I handed them prints of those same photos their faces lit up. Mom later selected the best to hang on the walls, and the rest went into the ‘Photo Album’. Fast Forward to Today, I am sliding into my 70’s, and have oodles of devises with several photos... No actually.. I call them ‘captures’, and I had asked myself “what matters”? So I now use this marvelous method of ‘captures’, and have resolved to printing.
For our basic get togethers and ‘events’ I have had good results with ‘FreePrints’, and ‘Free Photo Books’. I order the prints, store most, and send others out to share with the families.
And guess what, I think I have started a new trend, in my own family at least. This past two holidays a ‘new’ tradition had started, after Thanksgiving supper real tangible PHOTOS and PHOTO BOOKS were brought out and passed around. Who could ever imagine actually holding a photograph? “Amazing” said a grandchild of about 8 years. LOL. “Amazing”.
No drugs for me please.
I actually cherish waking at 4-5 am each morning, sitting quietly with my coffee and my dog and listening to the radio. Sunrises are a treasure every day. I've been enjoying this time (my time) almost daily since I began working 50 years ago. I am retired now and don't have to get up and go to work, but the habit is still as strong and see no reason to change.
I also am in bed most nights by 9 pm. Been doing that for years too. On rare occasions I sleep to 6am or so.
I used to tell the people who worked for me that I got more done by 10 am that most of them got done in a week.
BTW..I retired 1 year ago and I love it, I don't miss work at all.
The preciousness of personal photographs remains as a value among youngsters.
The display of photographs has now largely changed from printing and hanging and from slide shows to mostly digitized captures that reside in storage on handheld cellular telephones, on computer hard drives, or in the "cloud."
Youngsters circulate their favorite or meaningful photographs via digital means, not via prints.
In short, photography has altered its presentation to viewers of its product.
Further, if anything, photography as a visual means of human expression has greatly expanded in the hands of ordinary folk. I state the obvious.
One of the important things to know about history is that few people are concerned with preserving it — until they are old enough to have MADE some, or LIVED THROUGH some.
Don't worry about the younger generation not having prints. They'll figure it out.
The preciousness of personal photographs remains a... (
My point exactly. FaceBook, Instagram, YouTube, and many other “virtual scrapbooks and galleries” allow sharing instantly and at a distance. Young people (and some older!) are thinking far beyond the limits of physical media.
I understand what you are saying. My experience with that is somebody breaks out her/his cell phone, spends seconds or minutes searching for a picture to show us, passes the phone around and somebody pushes the wrong button and the picture is gone. Start over. I know I am an OLD Curmudgeon but somehow the spontaneity of several people digging randomly through a pile of old pictures and commenting on what they find was part of the joy.
Just print them out confiscate phones & tablets from grand-kids and proceed as in days of yesteryear.
If you can't beat them, join them. Email or text them the photos you want to share. It's what they do now. If you want prints, print them. Someday they may discover the beauty of prints. It may be a brand new idea for them.