September has been “Save Your Photos Month”, so I’ve been going through my digital storage media and the physical systems used to store snapshots and more serious photographs.
I’ve come to distrust thumb drives and most disc-based storage media; however, they are about the only readily available storage types beyond “the cloud”. The most dependable conventional method for me has been to store conventional paper and emulsion photographs in archival-quality physical albums.
There are still a half-dozen or so “iOmega Zip Disks” I need to peruse, thankfully the Zip reader/recorder is in good condition, as are the disks I’ve already looked over. The problem is that the format is obsolete and comparatively slow. Of course, there is the cloud, which I’m reluctant to use at this point, because I prefer direct control and ownership over as much of my archives as possible.
Of course nothing is absolutely permanent–even the cloud, so all one can realistically utilize are the methods that are available to us at the time. I won’t argue the merits and demerits of the various storage media because I’m not an expert. Professional and more skilled photographers than me are probably better sources for such judgements. I will say that it is important to save our meaningful photos of family, friends, events, scenes, and so forth. It’s also helpful to keep them in readily accessible formats.
This past week, has been a time of reminiscing via the conventional, film-based slides and prints that were taken several years ago. Yes, I still have a slide projector and two spare halogen bulbs. I had tried digitizing the slides a few years ago with disappointing results, so I’m glad the Kodak Carousels in their original boxes are keeping those images safe.
I like to keep a few of my favorite snapshots more readily accessible and on display. I prefer Lucite acrylic “sandwich” frames. I have three that contain photos that I want to view more often. They are portable so they will stand wherever and whenever I want.
The importance of archiving and saving our valuable photos cannot be overstressed. We are saving snippets of our personal histories for posterity–ours and our descendants.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes The Covert Comic, John Alejandro King. “The statement ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ is worth 0.007 of a picture.”