Memory keeping or memory preservation is a valuable and meaning undertaking for each of us.
We all want to leave a legacy. We have been given an innate sense of wanting to leave our mark. Even before written languages existed, man left drawings on stone to preserve that which they thought important. In the seventeenth century some men were given sole task of memorizing stories and historical events to be passed down to future generation. These men were valued as an important part of society. Before print was a common medium, people contracted painters to document their families and important events. In the earliest stages of photography people placed great value on the few photos they were able to preserve.
We all have photos. some more than others, why not organize, preserve and make them a part of your life.
You may have photos in on or more of the following categories:
- heritage or ancestral photos
- snapshots from a Polaroid camera
- envelopes of prints that were film that you had taken to (or mailed) to be developed
- rolls of undeveloped film
- photos in albums (archival safe or not)
- 100’s or 1000’s of digital images
At the time you or your family member took these photos, they were important. Taking time to organize and document these memories will allow them to hold value for the future. I will walk you through step by step process to organize, preserve and display your photos.
Research show that children who have printed photos of themselves and have them displayed in their home have a more positive sense of self. There is also a direct correlation between children having a strong sense of family and being able to navigate life’s challenges easier.
Preserving both printed and digital media is currently receiving national attention. Both the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution are researching the benefits and producing documents to help us with our memory preservation.
You can view our Memory Keeping 101 series here.