When you take photos, what do you plan to do with them? These days, chances are your main goal is to have something nice to post on Facebook to share with your friends, but while entertaining your friends with your photos, have you left your walls bare?
There was a time before easy access to digital images when photos were treated with dignity. There may have been a few 4x6s kept in boxes, but the majority of photographs came from a photography studio with intentions of being placed in a frame on a desk or the wall. Even when personal 35mm cameras were in the height of popularity, and every drug store had a photo lab, photos still made it into an album to share with friends. But today, where are your photos?
I’m not just asking you…I’m asking me too. Unfortunately, I can give a number (give or take a thousand stragglers) of how many photos I’ve not done anything with. According to my search, about 43,532 photos live on my computer, and probably 10-15k are my personal photos. Yikes. I look around my office right now and count 4 photos on the wall. I have 1 canvas in the hallway, and a few 4x6s in frames out there as well. In the living room, I doubt if I have 30 photos displayed. So, I’ll ask again…where are YOUR photographs? I’m a photographer and less than 1% of my own photos are on display in my home.
I suck, pretty much. I document everything, I have a camera everywhere, I love taking photos of my son & husband. I’ll share them online with friends, and the rest are on file for ‘later’, for me, it’s that mystical point in time I’ve designated to deal with making my son’s
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, no…really his 6th year photo album. It’s going to be a huge undertaking, so later seems like the best time.
On the flip side, as a photographer, I see so many clients who only want to purchase a disk of images. Every time, I want to shout “NOOOO!!! Don’t do it!!!”, because I know what happens…it goes into the desk drawer for later. Or maybe one or two images are printed out for Grandma — who luckily still believes in framing photos. Deep down inside, I feel like I’m giving my bad habit to you in a “handy to hide” way. A photo disk is not going to be used nearly as long as an album, and won’t get the exposure as your prints in a nice wall arrangement. Computers are great, every one has a CD Rom or DVD Player, and it seems like they’ll be around forever….but let’s take a moment of silence to remember all those 8-track tapes you’ve ever seen around your parent’s house…and not an 8-track player in sight. The point is, technology gets old. It seems like a good idea to have things on disk for ‘later’, but if you’re like me, later is never scheduled on the calendar, it’s stuffed in the junk drawer.
So, I dedicate this post to the folks with camera phones…the ones who post 1 out of 100 photos on Facebook, the people who have photos that never get deleted from the camera (because how ELSE to show your photos??), and the procrastinators. We need to take action, and every Wednesday, I’m going to post some inspirational walls, and some cool things to do with your photos there. I need it, and you probably do too!
The following photos are some ideas I pulled from Pinterest. If you’re there, check out the board in more detail here. If you want an invite, email me & I’ll see how many I have left! For those who want the ideas fast, check out some of these walls. They put my walls to shame times ten!