Friday, July 22, 2011

1,000 Words

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll keep this post short, and add some pictures. Like many people, I have a lot of photos, which resulted in multiple photo albums. Sadly, my albums sat in a large box stored out of sight and forgotten. For the last 4 years, I had been meaning to go through my photo albums and purge unwanted pictures (duplicates, photos of people I don’t know, unidentifiable objects, etc.). Since making plans for life on a boat, I realized I didn’t just need to clean out my albums; I needed to get rid of them.

In 2003, I got my first digital camera. Since then, I rarely, if ever, print photos. I keep all of my pictures on my computer (and backed up on an external hard drive) in well organized files. Because my digital photos are at my fingertips, I actually look at them with some regularity.

My albums were obviously too bulky for a boat, but even if we had room for them, I didn’t want to risk actually bringing the albums onto the boat (water + photos + heat & humidity = ruined photos). So, I decided to scan my photos and toss the originals. At first, this idea didn’t sit well with me, but then I reminded myself that I am fine with all of my current and future photos being digital.

The actual process of scanning thousands of photos was as tedious as you might imagine. It was also surprisingly entertaining. For 3 days straight, I got to look at photos I hadn’t seen in years. There were photos of bad haircuts, embarrassing expressions, the 80's, and awkward phases (which, by the way, for me, lasted from age 11 to age 21). I laughed a lot during those three days, and since these gems were all in a digital format, I decided to email them around to my family, so they could laugh with me. Ah, modern technology.

So, my photos (all of them) are safe, backed-up, digital, and unlike before, they are actually being viewed and enjoyed.

Here are a few of my favorites:

My older sisters and I (I'm in the polo shirt/bathing suit/tights combo)

Unimpressed by my sheet cake

Matching accessories and well-groomed hair are overrated

Thankfully, we were staying in a mullet-friendly camp site

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