Here in Belgium we are starting now our third week of confinement while almost all the world is locking down, and lately I’ve seen running on Facebook all those challenges that mainly consist into nominating people sharing photos from their childhood, or from their past.
It made me smile and I automatically gave a look to this photo of my mother when she was 18 with my grandpa in the background, that I keep framed in my living room. I started thinking to when photos were taken before that technology changed photography completely. When we were shooting on cameras without even knowing what the result would have been. When we were paying more attention and think before we clicked as we were paying every single printed photo. But also when we could spend entire evenings sorting our pics, often with our family, creating holiday albums or just picking up what to frame or offering to friends and family. When we were so embarrassed when our parents would show our funny kids photos to other people or our dates… yes that happened before and now we are smiling at those memories and wonder where those albums are.
Am I getting nostalgic ? Maybe a little but, since digital era, everyone became a photographer with his or her mobile phone or digital camera. Is that bad? Not at all. I’m really happy that nowadays everyone can immortalise everlasting memories.
However, this is also make me think to the fact that most of us tend to keep those beautiful photos on our phones, hard disks, computer etc and I really think that printing is a step forward to keep the legacy Alive. First of all, a nice quality printed photo is a piece of art by itself, the paper, the colours, the frame, everything is there to enhance the message that photo is delivering. Further on, you can hang those beautiful photos on your home walls, place them on your favourite piece of furniture or simply keeping them in beautiful folio boxes or albums just for you. you can offer them to someone you cherish as a wonderful, timeless and tailor-made, present that will turn moments into once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will be cherished for many generations to come.
So, as a photographer and as a simply passionate family loving person, I will always print photos and be proud to offer prints to my clients, so that they can also experience what it means having your photos in your hands, touching them, seeing them coming alive out of a screen creating lasting memories for years to come.
So, if one day you wonder if you should print, don’t hesitate go for it! And if you are coming to the studio, I’ll be more than welcome to show you the amazing prints we are offering you.