Printing and Our Digital World
We live in such a digital world. We can display our pictures on our computers, our cell phones, our TVs, even digital photo frames (which are SUPER expensive, did you know??). When I was growing up, I didn’t have a digital camera. I had a little film camera (not an SLR) that I carried around everywhere and took photos of everything. Seriously. I have yet to go through all of the prints I have.
Wait, prints?! What are those? Sometimes I wonder how many in the generation below me have actually printed some of their pictures. I’m sure it’s not an insane amount, but I am thinking that the number is getting smaller. Even I sit with images from my entire high school and college careers in folders on my hard drive that haven’t been looked at in years or ever been outside of the virtual world. I think the biggest reason is that we just want to be cheap. It doesn’t cost anything to store the images digitally. Until they’re gone. And then we realize.
It’s my goal this year to print more pictures. Eventually I would love to create photo books of my high school and college years, but for right now, that’s not really an option. So I will settle for large prints for my walls, small prints for my desk, and I will be happy. Because I can look at my favorite moments in life without having to switch on a machine.
I encourage you to do the same. My mama, every so often, goes through her files and prints out the major moments and puts them in those $1 photo albums you can buy at Target. She labels them “Spring 2010” or “Ohio Christmas 2010” and shoves them in a box. But I pull that box out sometimes. And I love to see the photos from when I was a baby or before my parents were married. They’re little blips in time that I am allowed to eavesdrop on. And I love it.
If you’re considering ordering any large prints for you living room wall, or any wall actually, you’ll want to check out this article first. It puts into perspective just how big that “large” 11×14 image will really be. I definitely recommend the MPix photo lab over somewhere like Walmart or Costco. Their prices are comparable, but the quality is so much better, and they have some cool products, too. They even have a department just for professionals and a lot of photographer colleagues use MPix exclusively.
I printed and framed this image of Corey and I for his desk at work. I wanted to keep it for myself, as I stared at it for hours, but alas, it’s gone. For him to be reminded of me in Iowa. To think of me, and smile.