- Family photos are often cited as being the possessions that people would most want to save from a house fire. Why do you think that photographs are such a significant part of our lives? Write down how you feel about photos – or videos – from your family’s past.
I remember my mother saying this to me when I was young, her photographs would be the first thing she would grab in the event of a fire. When my mom and dad got a divorce, this changed. There were boxes and boxes of photo albums that we only taking up space.
I think that we as humans do not trust our memories, and rely on photographs instead. We want to hold tight to those precious moments, until, maybe, there’s a change and those memories become tarnished.
I took the two album that had AJ written on the spine, and are now on my shelf downstairs. There are really only a handful of photographs, most of which I have memorized and had a vivid memory of the event, I have a really good memory, and used to play games with my younger self, I’d sit on a chair in the lounge or on a tree stump at the bottom of my dead-end street, and say to myself, “remember this moment, remember this moment, remember this moment” over and over again to see if it would work.. and in all honesty it did. My youngest memory of doing that, I was 3, I know this because my dad was off work with a back injury and was working in the garage, he could never stay still. I sat in his big arm-chair, and say those words. I’ve got a picture of my dad and I in that chair, same age.
I think the reason is we don’t want to let go of our childhood, or those of our children, we want to hold the memories in our hands, scared of loosing them.
- Will this archiving be affected by the digital revolution? Do you have images languishing on your hard drive that you keep meaning to process? Is flicking through images on someone’s phone or digital photo frame as potent as looking through an album or sorting through a box of photos? Or is it better?
Yes, archiving will definitely be affected by the digital revolution because of the volume of photographs, too many, in a sea of images, which ones actually stand out, and which ones will be missed. I feel like the over saturation will water down the meaning.
I saved some photographs on a CD, ones of my travels around Asia in my early 20’s, over 10 years ago.. will a computer still read them, and how will the quality compare. I’m sure they will look grainy in comparison.
I think, like the photographs Daniel Meadows took on his medium format camera, hold so much more value by which the quality of film produces, even the blurred ones. I really enjoyed The Photobus and got lost in his world for over an hour, watching his documentaries. It was so poignant, the 48 polyfotos thumbnails of his parents on a slide show, the fact that his mum got MS, a disease he now suffers from.
I love what he said about shooting on Graeme St. whilst at college, when he was learning about the physics of photography
Physics of photography = illumination x time
U = (I/M+1) F
You equal I/me plus one where F equal the focal point of the lense
wheras Meadows says
Subject distance = the degree of engagement between the photographer and the photographed
The mechanical process both of science and effort add to the quality, the time, and the composition of each photograph. The amount of consideration given adds much more value to processed images.
Digital images taken on a camera phone are superficially, temporarily, easily produces everyday with such thoughtlessness, then deleted equally.
On the other hand, SLRs give us the freedom, ease, and technology to create better, useful, and imaginative photographs of such quality, prints are to be cherished. We must remember to print, create photo albums we can hold, and look through, to show our friends, to remember. This I think hold the most truth, an object, a picture, instead of an image on a screen.