I’m going to get up on my soap box for a moment but there’s something I’ve been wanting to discuss for a while- the importance of printed photos. In an age of screens and digital media, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the next technological triumph of the moment. But the fact is, technology is fickle. Who remembers zip disks? Or floppy drives? My first computer had 700mb of hard drive space and just had DOS so you had to type in all of your commands. Back then that was state of the art!
CDs and DVDs were the next great triumph but even those are going obsolete. Many computers are being built now without the drives to accommodate them. They have also not withheld the test of time. I have many images on DVDs that can no longer be viewed due to the disks aging poorly and becoming corrupt. Even external hard drives and cloud systems are vulnerable to corruption, damage and hacking. Print, however, is a medium that has withstood the test of time.
From the Lascaux cave paintings in France estimated to be up to 20,000 years old, to a copy of the Gutenberg bible, our history is print! While photography might be a newer form, it has still left it’s imprint on our history. The earliest surviving photo, taken by Joseph Niepce in 1827, can still be viewed today! My family has its own version of printed history. We have a family photo that was taken back in Holland at the beginning of the 20th century. It depicts my Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Great- Great Grandfather, and Great- Great- Great Grandfather! It’s almost 100 years old and still in beautiful condition! And as long as we continue to care for it, it will easily last another 100 years.
This is why, at the studio, we still have a print lab, and encourage our clients to purchase printed images. We believe in print! It has the ability to last, which allows our clients the chance to pass their cherished portraits and memories on to their families for generations. This Thanksgiving, pause and take a moment to get out your old photo albums. Look through your photos and remember how powerful it can be to relieve your memories through print.
We at Charleen’s Portrait Studio wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are truly blessed to have such amazing clientele. Thank you all for letting us be a part of your lives.