Today’s blog post will be shorter than usual and ends in a poem that came to me.
The other day, I was thinking about how fragile the photographs that we take every day are.
“I’m so thankful I had a childhood before technology took over.”
I saw that quote the other day and it really resonated with me.
It’s so true.
I do feel really fortunate to have the photographs of my childhood all printed.
But also I feel fortunate that I have a manageable amount of photos from back then compared to volume of digital images we have to keep on top of nowadays.
The convenience of digital photography is great but the downside is the huge amount of images we take in such a short time does become overwhelming. And then we have to remember to safely back them up.
Even as a photographer, it’s happened to me. Time got the best of me, I didn’t keep up with backing up my phone. My phone fell, just as it did a hundred times before but this one time it didn’t turn back on.
Ugh….there was that awful sinking feeling in my stomach.
And just like that…a big chunk of photos I didn’t have copies of….all gone.
It still upsets me thinking about it.
Now granted…this was back when we had flip phones!
Things have got better with protective cases and more automated back up methods.
Some of the photographs I ended up losing were of our two cats when they were kittens. I had short video clips and the sweetest photos of them snuggling together. Thankfully I still have some some of them from other devices.
And even if you do have your family and everyday images automatcially backed up, it would be good to print at least some of them on a consistent basis if you’re wanting to pass some on to your adult children one day.
Who knows how technology will change over the next 10 to 20 years and beyond and what will or will not still be accessible.
And there’s just something heartwarming and sentimental about having your best memories in a photo album or a keepsake box.
Anyhow…here is a poem that came to me when I was thinking about all of this the other day.
I am certainly not a poet but irregardless, I hope you enjoy and if you have a suggestion for the title please send it my way!
I’d love to hear your ideas.
An “Untitled” Poem
If only we could slow down time
Savor all the little things
Be more present with the ones we love
And do everything we tend to put off
Instead we wonder where the time went
Will we still have the moments we document
Will we have something to share when
Our children wonder what it was like back then
But we can preserve the moments we love
And give them something to reminisce of
Something to remind them
Of our love time and again
(Poem written by me)
Thanks for reading <3