Sunday, 3 August 2014
The threat to our pictorial history posed by digital photography
“More means less” is a truism that applies to many areas of life – but never more so than with present-day digital photography.
It is safe to estimate that billions of digital photographs are taken around the world each day, but almost none will ever become part of a family history archive. They are here today and gone tomorrow.
There was a time, not that many decades ago, when taking a photograph was an event from which the results were treasured.
The photographs from these sessions were archive quality and became proud possessions to be passed on from generation to generation.
We must all know friends and family who indiscriminately fire away with their digital cameras and smartphones with the enjoyment being for the moment.
Some of these photographic efforts are emailed to friends and family, or are posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and other social media outlets. They are very rarely turned into prints that can be held in the hand and admired, or put in a frame or even a photo album.