Friday, 9 June 2017

Memory keeping - The overwhelming stage.

I am always thinking and talking about my passion for photography, that teamed with videography and journaling. I've written a post before about my love for photography but along with that, something I absolutely adore is holding the actual print or photo book in my hands, something real that I can cherish forever.

The stage i'm at now is culling, decluttering the duplicates and trying to get some kind of organisation flow going to clear the back log of my digital albums that go all the way back to probably around 2005. This amount quadrupled when i became pregnant with our first baby, and even more so when she was born and after that as our family grew. The memories are being made, captured and documented, but what good are they if they're only stuck in a computer screen?

One of my goals (ongoing of course) is to create a way where I can organise them, and make sure I have a proper regime to keep printing them, whether thats loose prints to create things with, go in albums, canvas's or photo books. I want to ensure we have all these memories easy to hand for us to look back on together in years to come. The kids love to grab a book off the shelf & look through the ones we have so far and so do I. This is the same principle for the family films I make too, creating time capsules for us to keep forever is something so sacred to me.

I believe if I create a strategy that suits, then I can keep on top of this, as its a passion and it should be enjoyable not dreaded. It has got to the point where it feels so time consuming, and leaves me feeling so defeated at times but I guess when you have a big passion for something you want to try your best on all counts.

Along with my process, I'm going to be making notes as to what suits me, what I've found helpful and also any tips I feel I can offer as I think its such a valuable thing to have is the art of memory keeping. This can be parenthood or life in general. To document simple moments, the everyday, things that mean most, things that will be forgotten but would love to have that little snippet of - it all means something.I'm going to continue to do this process, breaking down the photographs into years, months, events, or moments. Same with my video files, it is such a long process but it's one I want to do to make sure that I can get to the point of regularly making photo books, films, etc. I love the way we can combine images, words and film on a computer screen, watch them or read online but for me, something sacred is having them to hold too. 

A few months a go my computer died and I thought I lost EVERYTHING, I cried but thankfully after six hours and a chat with Apple, we resolved it but it's made me even more determined as once they're lost digitally, it's hard to restore sometimes. Around that time we also had a water leak that wrecked my entire photo books collection, I saved some, but still I was/am so devastated, so it can go either way, but if we keep copies (luckily they're saved in my printed albums online) organise and maybe think of better places to store them we should have a better journey with memory keeping, and enjoying looking back.

So I am on this LONG process of sorting - that along with being a mama to four little ones and blogging, working with my other half and planning a business.
Now, lets get started on that backlog...
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