Sometimes pictures need words

Sometimes I take photos to remember everyday stuff.  Like last night during dinner, I wanted to remember the name of the bottle of wine we were drinking so out with my iPhone and snap – an image that I’ll be better able to locate than a scrap of paper used to scribble down it’s name.

Of course I also take pictures to remember the momentous occasions – the birth of my new baby daughter for one – lots of pics 🙂

And sometimes, I take pictures to remember the little things that will in the future become the big things. But I really need to do more of this,  It hit me during this past week – several times. I’ve been gently reminded of the importance of picture taking as a way of preserving the past for the future.  We’ve been gathering up pictures for my MIL’s surprise birthday party.  These tiny square blurry images, from my husbands childhood tell such lovely stories.  By examining what’s in the backgrounds we get excited about a favorite toy that can be seen or the memories come flooding back about that particular birthday party.  These little squares with rounded off corners are windows into the past – Goodtimes and happy memories.

But a lot of the time we were left guessing.  Who is that? What ever happened to her? Was that you or your brother?   If only there was a little journaling to go with them, those pictures would have sound.  Back in the shop at home, we spend a great deal of time restoring and copying old photos.  These pictures are all people have left when loved ones pass and time moves on.  The really special ones are those with a little bit of handwriting on the back with the who, where, when and sometimes why – Great Aunt Bessie, Endenfell, Oct 1938  – Annual Boxing Day party.

I take so many photos compared to most people but I am so bad at cataloging them.  These days I feel proud of myself if I even get them printed never mind put into an album.   I am terrible about journaling and even when I have done so, I hardly ever record more than  just the facts  I’ve tried to scrapbook but always feel overwhelmed.  But, I’m resolved to change this.  I’m going to do it for my kids – even if if they don’t appreciate it for years to come they will, one day.  How I’m going to do it I’m not yet sure.  Maybe I’ll scrapbook.  Maybe I’ll do more photobooks.  Maybe I’ll make a blog.  Whatever way I do it, they won’t have to fill in the blanks.

It’s important.  Life  is short.  And I’ll record more than just the facts.  Just so they know the why…

How do you record your memories for the future? Are you a scrapbooker?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


Click Here to Leave a Comment Below

Sara - July 22, 2011

I scrapbook my memories, but the thing is it takes a lot of time. I’ve started a family scrapbook for my future children so they’ll know what we all looked like before they were born. Lately, I’ve gotten into buying the photo albums with a writing space on the side. It saves a lot of time and you don’t have to spend so much time trying to figure out how you want your pages to look in your scrapbook. You can make copies later if you have more time and make scrapbooks of your photos.

Luke - July 28, 2011

I’ve never been a scrapbooker but having a mother who did it early on in life, I can certainly see the value. There is something special about looking over old photo albums and re-living everything. And nothing helps more than a brief description of the life experience.

Ingrid - July 29, 2011

You’re lucky Luke to have these memories kept for you. Future generations will appreciate them too.

Ingrid - August 22, 2011

That’s really thoughtful Sara. Photo albums are a great idea especially if you can find the time to just do a little journalling with them.

Pam Mowry - July 24, 2013

I’m in the process of scanning years and years of photos, slides and negatives. Given the age of some of the photos the sooner this is done the better. They don’t age as well as negatives or slides. Several years ago we were interested in hanging some of our underwater photos as a gallery which started this project.

Lately, my main reason for doing this is for my son & DIL 25h anniversary. So I decided to do those 25 years 1st as I want to give them photo book of their 25 years.

But it became a much larger project and the $200 I spent for my epson photo scanner has paid for itself many times over. I’ve achieved everything in iPhoto, but do the editing in Aperture, with multiple backups. Since he is an Apple fan this works well for us. I name the people, animals, etc using keywords and give the event a name with the year and month, or spring, winter, summer or fall. Still have multiple albums and negatives to go.

Ingrid - July 25, 2013

It’s a huge project Pam but one that will really be appreciated in years to come. I have thousands of negatives all back home in my mum and dads house. Still trying to keep up with my kids pics but I’m getting better. Made the switch to Lightroom last year and LOVE it.

Leave a Reply: