January 17, 2010

Snapshots In Print.

I still think that the best way to view a photograph is on paper. However magnificent, sharp, defined and clear a picture can appear on a digital screen, there is still something infinitely soothing in holding it in your hand, printed on paper.

I have been taking photographs since I was a teenager and have always enjoyed it. Not just the actual photography itself, but particularly the excitement during the wait, as the film was developed. Once the printed photographs arrived, it was wonderful to re-live the moments captured within the images, all over again.

Still today, in the age of digital photography, I long for the same sentiments. Even though the modern cameras, combined with computer technology, make it easier to take multitude of shots of the same subject, enabling us to choose the best one, the notion of looking at the final print is still a very original one.

Today I sorted out my newest photographs into photo albums. Amazingly, the albums are becoming more difficult to find commercially. At least to a reasonable price. Nevertheless, Sundays are perfect days for quiet afternoons spent reflecting and recollecting precious moments time, while looking at their snapshots in print.


Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Photography is a skill I long to hone in this coming year. And your comments about the need for the photo on paper are so true--I feel the same way about books. I can view the same content on a Kindle or computer, but give me paper pages to turn any day. C

Lisa said...

Trust you enjoyed an evening going down memory lane.

Unknown said...

I love to hold old photos and go through the albums. Memories! I also love my Digital camera, unfortunatly the ease of being able to print my own photos whenever I like, means I seldom get around to it. That might be a good project for this afternoon.

S. Susan Deborah said...

Dear Zuzana:

The tangibility of paper photographs is very personal and lovely. The same holds good for writing letters, reading books instead of emails and e-books.

I guess a few groups of people like you and me are still there who belong to the older school but are still modern. I hope that your afternoon was well spent in the company of pictures and nostalgia.

Joy always,

Laura said...

I was thinking about this same thing the other day...the wait, the excitement, the joy (and disappointment) when the photos came back from the shop. Also the comfort I find looking through old albums at my parents house with my girls..."and this is me when I was 4...and this is my Great Aunt BeBe...and this was your Nana, doesn't she look beautiful?"...viewing on the screen is a very different experience.

A Bit of the Blarney said...

You know, you're right. physically touching the picture and reflecting on the occasion is always a grand experience. Returning to times past and being refreshed by them. Thank you! Cathy

♥Mimi♥ said...

You expressed my thoughts about photos perfectly. Yes, there is just something so very special about the 'touching' aspect and the remembering, too. Thanks, again (you seem to do it all of the time), for bringing a great memory to mind☺

Kath said...

I am hopeless at taking photos, although I would love to be able to take a good shot. I have experimented with printing photos from the laptop onto fabric, which is fun for fabric postacards as well as quilting.

Unknown said...

Zuzana: The vast majority of photo albums sold here in the USA are acid-free. But good quality binding is hard to find, such as leather.

Sumandebray said...

We share the same sentiments! Once in a while ..... 3 or 4 times a year we like select the photos and get them printed. I also keep a roll loaded in the other camera for the old time sake.......

Liked your post as usual.

swenglishexpat said...

Despite being an avid digital photographer I agree with you about the feeling of holding it in your hand. The problem is still how long it takes to organise albums though.

Last year I had wall (and desk) almanacs made to give as Christmas presents, but this year I printed off some of my best images and framed them to give away at Christmas.

Sometimes I print off A4 collages with selected pictures and blu-tac them onto the wall as a quick solution. But to go back to old-style albums? I don't think so.

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Brian Miller said...

for me pictures, like books, are best when you can hold them in your hand...maybe i am just old fashioned.

Hilary said...

Z, you put me to shame. I quite agree with you but am embarrassed to admit that I've scarcely printed out more than a couple of my photos.. and not for albums, framing or otherwise. Maybe one day I should get around to that, eh?

sprinkles said...

I 100% completely agree with you! I think that's why I don't have a digital camera - because I like to have something physical to hold in my hand! Yes, I could print it off from the computer but it just isn't the same.

A commenter above said he wouldn't like to go back to the old style photo albums. I love them! It's fun to turn each page and think back on old memories. I have one photo album that I don't look at very often so when I do, I tend to have forgotten what comes next and am always pleasantly surprised as I turn the page.

I hope you had fun looking back through your pictures and that they brought a lot of warm memories!


you are so so right, zuzana - there is just something that impacts in a visceral way to me - in holding the photograph - touching it, feeling it, sensing it's meanings - nothing to match that! there was a time when i was very active in photography - many moons ago - way before all the high tech equip of today - i used a nikon f2 - everything manual - and i absolutely loved it - loved the high of taking the shot and the even bigger high of getting the image on paper - and i sit at my computer desk with box after box of photographs from years of taking and developing - now attempting to get them downloaded onto computer slowly but surely - neat post!

Margie said...

I so love looking through all the photo ablums I have put together over the years!
It's such a time of joy for me!

Great post!
Thank you Zuzana


Blogaire said...

Like you Zuzana I have taken thousands of photos, but I agree modern cameras really spoil us and make us lazy knowing we can take multi shots and at least one of them will be good. On the other hand I remember spending long nights in a darkroom developing and printing photographs for the morning. Life is so much easier now.
I can imagine your photo albums will be very interesting!
Hope you had a nice weekend and have a great week!

Zuzana said...

C, Ocean Girl, Kat_RN, Susan, Laura, Cathy, Mimi, Kath, Michael, Sumenadebray, swenglishexpat, Brian, Hilary, sprinkles, GYPSYWOMAN, Margie and Blogaire - it was wonderful to learn that most of you still appreciate the old fashion way of viewing a photograph, even if most of us have very little time for sorting out the multitude of digital pictures.

Thank you all for your very kind words and visits, I appreciate all of your comments at all times.:)