In the early days of digital photography, right before I learned how to photograph properly, I thought once you have anything digital and all backed up, you're safe. I speak from experience; nothing digital is ever safe. If you're a photographer yourself, you would know this. How often do we bother to boot up the computer and rummage through archives of Lightroom catalogues for that one moment that we vaguely recall. And how often have you found that your software is no longer being updated and supported and you won't be able to access your digital images. And how often have you found missing 'photographs' when you upgrade to your next new iPhone. And how often have you found your hard drive (or external) completely fried. And... yes, the list goes on (read this and this.)*
Call me old fashioned.
I feel my work isn't complete until images are produced and printed - I mean real photographs that you can hold, smell, feel (sometimes cry over) - and leave behind for the future generations without worrying about whether or not they would still be able to see it on their smartphones. In today's social media world, how often do you remember, yet along recall, those fleeting instant moment that you post and then kind of expect "The Cloud" to be responsible for holding onto those memories for you. Nothing is tangible until you have a copy of the real photographs.
Then, how often have you reach out for that photo album and be able to slip through pages of photographs and you can do the same over and over again for many years to come (your grandchildren included). We call have a social responsibility to preserve our memories for the future generations - for history. Yes, the paper technology still works wonders.
And let's be honest - my memories probably mean nothing to you - but it's priceless to me. And yours, well, if you're my client, they do mean a lot to me not only because it's my work (and I made it with love) but in the brief moment we got to know each other, you now mean something to me.
And I can't believe 2017 is now half way - and I am nowhere near my personal goal - which is to print every Goddamn image (no offence to God) I've every taken and archive the prints (I better move us to a bigger flat eh). But at least I've started, and amongst the lot were Halin's prints.
* sure, digital anything is 'cheap' - though it doesn't carry the printing cost (paper, ink and labour), it still takes me the same time and effort to produce them, if not more to manage the distribution rights. Yes, before you 'share' digital images someone else's photographs, please make sure you have the permission to distribute and always credit the photographer (that includes posting on your personal social media account). If you want to find out more about distribution, copyright and crediting a photographer's work, this is a good start: Australian Arts Law Information Sheet on Moral Rights.