Is pouring over the family album going to be a thing of the past for future generations?
There is nothing I like more than looking back at old family photos, whether they are my own and my immediate family, or pictures from my ancestors from generations ago. Even my own children still love looking at pictures from their own childhood, they are 26 and 23 now, but we still often sit as a family and reminisce over family photos and holidays from way back then.
I also have a collection of photos from my own childhood from the 1960’s and these hold precious memories for me now, as I am sure your pictures and albums do to you.
So what of the future, will families continue to look at older pictures in the future?
We live in a digital age where everything is captured in an instant, every moment captured and even filtered for us, if we feel the need.
If we don’t like the image it can be instantly deleted and we can snap again, until we have the perfect shot.
Will it have the same feel, looking through an Instagram folder or Facebook photo album? Will it evoke the same nostalgic memories? Or am I just getting old and trying to hang onto the past a little longer??
Don’t get me wrong, all the imaging software and social media sites make it so much easier to share with friends and family all over the world, your daily lives, something I could have only dreamt about as a child, but are we going to lose the “printed” image soon forever?
I hope not.
I hope that there is a place for the photograph, just as much as the digital image and that the generation today, realise the importance of capturing images for those that follow.
It will be a sad day when all we are left with is Instagram, snapchat and a Facebook album!
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