I know what you’re thinking…it’s almost 2020, and our whole world is ruled by digital technology. With tablets, smartphones, watches, televisions, and a whole host of other “smart” devices at our fingertips, what use could we possibly have for printed photos these days?
The answer to this question is precisely what makes digital technology so irresistible.
Technology is constantly changing, growing, and getting better.
While this is generally a good thing, it also has the pesky side effect of making all of your old technology obsolete. It’s funny to think of some of the casualties of our march towards progress. I may be dating myself here, but I grew up using floppy disks, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a modern computer that can read any of those. Unfortunately, the same is becoming true of CDs. My current laptop doesn’t even have a CD-ROM drive. All of the things that we once viewed as the “latest & greatest” have become dated, and this will continue to be true. Even the online platforms that we lean on so heavily now could disappear one day. We share a lot of our lives on Instagram, FaceBook, and Twitter, but we don’t own anything on those platforms, and eventually they will fall from popularity like MySpace and Friendster.
The digital graveyard is real.
Do you remember that cute picture you took of your kid last summer? You know, the one where she discovered ice cream for the first time at the fair? Maybe vaguely, sorta, kinda? Technology makes it so easy to take and store photos that we generate hundreds of pictures a week. What happens to those photos? How often do you look back at them? For a lot of us, the answer to that question is not often enough. Some of the best times of our lives are captured and stored somewhere either online or on our hard drives, and they are buried in those bits and bytes never to be thought of again.
Print it so you’ll always remember it.
Printing not only immortalizes a moment in time, it gives you an added concrete and tangible connection to it. Whether in the form of an heirloom album, a cute photo block, a large wall canvas, or a simple framed photo, prints give an added sense of life and purpose to your most treasured memories.
You don’t need to print all your photos, but the ones that showcase your precious family or document important life events deserve a prominent spot in your everyday life. You and your family can make up some of the most precious artwork that you’ll ever own.
What was the last photo you had printed? I want to hear about it in the comments below!