"Where is your favorite photograph from two years ago?" It's a question I'll ask my clients when they are considering which images they'd like to have me print as archival photographs. If you're like most people, it's tough to put your finger on a digital picture you loved. Is it still on your phone or ipad? Is it somewhere in the cloud? Or, maybe it's on the aging desktop computer at home. Digital photographs are enjoyed for a moment, but then are quickly buried by the onslaught of images we view and consume daily.
Whenever I deliver a canvased senior portrait, I can see how it instantly becomes a treasured possession by my client -- it's a beautiful object infused with deep emotional value that they can have and hold. In our world of quick fixes and digital everything, I am privileged to offer something that will grow in significance with the passage of time.
I recently ran across interesting article about the importance of printing photographs (not that anyone needed to convince me!).
So, when I read that 22% of all hard drives fail after four years, I was floored - flash drives and DVD's aren't much better, with a lifespan of only 1-10 years. Can you imagine losing all of the memories from your childhood or high school (especially senior year) in a flash? All it takes is a failed hard drive, power surge, or lost phone, and poof! They're gone.
This is why I think it is so important to continue to turn digital images into beautiful printed portraits you can enjoy in your home, and why I put so much care into every portrait I create.