After the passing of my mother-in-law, I went through the big cardboard box of loose photos she had collected for years, with the goal of splitting them up among my husband’s family. After awhile, I realized that the photos stopped. Just stopped. Surely, there were more somewhere? But where? It turned out that there simply weren’t anymore. What happened to the photos?! The digital age happened. We had stopped printing the photos we enjoyed taking so much. Unfortunately, now those photos were reduced to zeros and ones in the black hole of super cool tech.
The problem with super cool tech is that it doesn’t stay super cool for long. After all, the 3.5 inch floppy disk was super cool once. But floppy disks gave way to CDs and CDs gave way to DVDs and DVDs gave way to thumb drives. In 2019, how are you going to rescue photos of Grandma off a floppy disk?
The same can be said for how we take photos. First, we had film. Film was wonderful, but how much more convenient is a digital photo? How much easier is it to email a photo than to have it printed and then actually mail it old school? Eventually film was replaced with Compact Flash and that was replaced by SD cards.
But you back up your photos to save them from the black hole right? Some people are really on top of backing up their devices and data, but most people just don’t have time. Life gets in the way and we’ll get to that project on some random weekend that we might have free. Chances are though, your super cool tech is going to crash, get corrupted or lost before that weekend ever rolls around.
What about all those photos you uploaded to Facebook or Instagram? Those will be around as long as the internet, right? Remember MySpace? Eventually social media will give way to something else. And…does anyone actually know where the Cloud is?
Printing your photos saves you heartache and preserves your memories. If a photo lives on your wall, it will never be obsolete. If a photo is carefully preserved in an album, that album will pass down through your family as a silent witness to the beginning of your story. That story deserves more than the zeros and ones of super cool tech. It deserves to be printed and enjoyed for many years and by many people.