There are more photographs taken today than ever before. Now that our phones are also cameras, everyone can be a photographer. We record our every action, every meal. We record the sunrise, the sunset, a storm, a sunny day. Parents take thousands of photos of their kids at all stages of their lives.
We take these photos to remember; to record; to preserve. The reality however is a little different – many photos are not preserved in a meaningful way. A high percentage of these images remain tucked away on a computer and seldom see the light of day once filed away there.
When I was growing up, family photographs were taken, developed and placed lovingly in albums. A lot of these prints succumbed to early photographic processing limitations and have faded and became yellow. Some families only took a few photos and often not many remain to preserve family memories.
At the end of 2015 I was fortunate enough to help a Brisbane family preserve some of their memories. The re-creation of these photographs was a surprise Christmas gift.