Since the beginning of photography … heck, since the beginning of visual art, the product that was produced was tangible. A cave drawing, a image drawn in the sand, a painting or a photograph.
And what did you do if you wanted another copy? You took a picture of it or had an artist create another one.
But digital photography changed all of that. Today we have gigabytes of pictures on our phones and terabytes of pictures on external hard drives in a safe or a desk drawer. And as a method of safe keeping for these precious memories it is an incredible bit of technology . It is now possible to share our pictures with millions of people, seconds after the event happens.
But is also possible that these precious memories will just remain in cyber space for ever. Like a Facebook or Twitter post to only be replaced by the next thing that comes along.
The walls of my home (and photography studio for that matter) are covered with photographic prints. In wood, metal, acrylic, canvas and fine art papers. Some of the images are perfectly posed and others are just fun memories … snapshots.
And everyone of them is perfect. I can pass by them for a few days and barely notice them and then one day, an image will catch my eye and it just stops me in my tracks as I remember the day it was taken or the person it was taken of.
Photography is art and it belongs on your wall or desk. Albums of photographs make perfect gifts when placed open in an easel. Each day (or when we feel the need ) we turn the page in the album and have a whole new piece of art to display and help us remember and rejoice how much we have in our lives.
The people we love, the people we’ve lost and the people we see everyday .. our kid’s concerts and sporting events, Grandma’s birthday party, the day you spent running and laughing together at the beach, the day you fell in love with that new baby of yours … along side those perfectly posed portraits make up the art gallery in our homes that will will last for generations.
But only if you make prints.
Dan Busler is a full service Boston-based professional photographer who specializes in Portrait, Live Performance and Events. Studios located in the historic Hogie Bear Building – Walpole MA. By the Artist, for the Artist. 781-352-4863 www.danbuslerphotography.com