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Printing Photos in a Digital Age

 With the ease of storing pictures on your phone, on your laptop, on your computer, in the “cloud”, no one really prints photos anymore. Many people don’t see a need for having a physical picture when they could just whip out their iPhones to show any picture they want.
In fact, printers that were once a necessity in every home are no longer popular among the younger generation.

 

Digital Data Loss

Many of us are ignorant to the very real threat of losing digital data. Truth is, not many of us regularly run a backup of our data and worse of all, not many of us even know how to do it. According to Vint Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the internet, the preservation of digital images must be carried out or we will risk losing them forever.

“We stand to lose a lot of our history. If you think about the quantity of documentation from our daily lives which is captured in digital form, like our interactions by email, people’s tweets, all of the world wide web, then if you wanted to see what was on the web in 1994 you’d have trouble doing that. A lot of the stuff disappears.”

Imagine having precious digital family photos that could never be recreated lost forever due to your phone’s motherboard crashing. This loss could be averted by simply printing those precious memories. There’s nothing more comforting than having something precious to hold and feeling the weight of it in your fingertips. It’s a very similar principle to reading a hardcover book compared to a digital eBook where the pages cannot be flipped.

 

The Digital Graveyard

Due to how easy it is to take photos these days, people tend to be “snap happy”. If you take the time to look at all of the images stored on your phone, it wouldn’t be surprising if you’ve accumulated hundreds, if not thousands, of images over the last few years. With the new age of taking selfies, some individuals are guilty of taking hundreds of pictures in as little as a day.

Question is, what happens after all of these pictures are taken? Do you remember what pictures were taken last year? Will you make an effort to look at those pictures in a month’s time?

Before the digital age happened, each and every photographic film was precious. We would willingly go through the effort to try and get the perfect shot and then proceed to invest time and care into every print we printed.

Dads and mums would head over to the photo shop to print out memories of their kids and have it placed in a photo album. The digital age has led to the lack of consideration being placed into taking pictures whereby a lot of subpar photos are burying the ones that matter in a digital blackhole. Reality is, you’ll most likely never get to see those good pictures again.

 

The Actual Presence of a Print

Just by simply printing your pictures, you give life to them. It’s virtually impossible to ignore a picture that has been mounted on a wall or one that is framed and set on a table. There’s just something very nice and comforting about having a picture printed.Bymaking an effort to print a picture, it shows just how much that picture means to you thus capturing a cherished moment intosomething physical that will last forever.

Having printed photos around your home or office is nothing short of inspiring. It leaves a great reminder of what really matters the most to you. After all, even Homer Simpson has pictures of his daughter Maggie framed at his office room. If he can appreciate the actual presence of a print, we’re pretty sure you can too.

Created by Digital 360

 

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