Why photos are so important:
We know that photos are important to us. How do we know this? It’s one of the first things that we would save is there ever was a fire. Of course, we would grab the cat or the dogs or your child’s favourite teddy, but then we would grab the photographs.
Why would we want to save the photos?
Well, without those photos, I would have nothing to show my daughter about who I was before she came along. I wouldn’t be able to show her my school photos at the same age she is. I wouldn’t be able to show her what my parents looked like when they were young. I would of course have my own memories, but to share that memory I would need a photograph. To me photos are very important. They capture a moment in time that would otherwise be forgotten.
I have talked before about my 365 project where I took a photo a day, every day of the year, and then printed it huge. Can you remember what you did every day of 2014? I can.. I remember the day we walked through the tunnel under Fremantle Round House and there was a random piano that we played (badly). I can remember her favourite book was The Twits by Roald Dahl, there was also that day my Dad tried to set my kitchen on fire and the day when Kyra played Monopoly on the floor with her 91-year-old gran. These memories will mean nothing to you, but they are everything to our family. They capture a moment in time that would otherwise be forgotten. Photographs are our personal story, a timeline of our lives filled with faces and places that we love. They are our story, which we can share with others.
Family photo albums and family portraits on the wall are some of the most important objects to us, and yet we take them for granted. We often don’t realise the importance of family portraits until it’s too late.
Photos, like our memories and our stories, are part of our legacy. We hold them close, we pass them down. Can you remember going through your mum’s photo albums? Those big, thick albums where people thought it was a great idea to stick the photos down? Does it make you smile to see all those old memories? Well guess what.. your kids will think the same when they are flicking through all your albums.. wait… what… all the photos are on your computer?? How are you going to pass that down to your children??
Memories are powerful. They connect us to people, places and emotions. Preserve those memories for your children.