This is a photo of my father and his mother. I've been told I look like her. I never met her, so that is my only connection - similar family features. I wonder who took this photo. He is wearing his high school letter sweater; she is wearing his 101st Airborn wings. That narrows down the time frame considerably! He must have just finished boot camp and was home on leave.
How grateful I am that someone bothered to take this picture - and make a print! A good, quality print that has stood the test of time (70 years, give or take one or two) that was once taped into an album. I cringe to think of taping the corners like this, but so glad someone did it back then. Because that is why I have it today - it was kept safe in an album. THIS is a family heirloom!
I wonder how many people today will have grandchildren looking at their photographs in 70 years. Not many, if the images are all stored on CDs and memory cards or sticks. This troubles me on a few levels. One is, as a professional photographer I want people to hang my work on their walls, display it on their desks, carry small brag books to show off to their friends. I guarantee that my prints will stand the test of time and offer my clients the best. My prints will not fade or shift colors, nor will they crack or curl. If they want to share on social media, I upload their favorites and let them share. But for true family keepsakes that are real treasures, I stress the need for actual quality prints.
Technology changes daily, it seems. What is going to happen when CDs go the way of floppy disks? Are you ready to convert? What if you have everything on memory cards or disks, but then can't find a machine to open the files? A woman came in to my shop one day and was going to show me her favorite pictures - but her phone was dead so she couldn't show me! That is the road we're headed down. We seem to be moving so fast that we are not thinking far enough ahead to avoid disaster.
So if you want your grandchildren to show their grandchildren what you looked like, make sure you have good quality prints to leave with them. Who can even imagine what the future holds for sharing pictures??? Better to be safe than sorry!