What is the expression..."the shoemaker's children go barefoot?" Something to that effect. Well, that's me. In terms of photographs of course. I may put up some recent pictures of my kids and personal work on Instagram, maybe Facebook. But when it comes to actually printing all the images I shoot every year, my attempts at keeping up are entirely pathetic. My walls have but a few baby pictures of my kids (they are now ages 4, and almost 7). And literally one recent 5x7 of them together that I change once a year. One picture that I frantically scramble to get printed when I feel so guilty that an entire year has gone by without me printing one new image of my boys!
I can explain this. Yes, I am always busy with my client's photographs, leaving little time to sit down and take care of my own. But I am not alone in this new cultural phenomenon of keeping all of our pictures stored soley on our computers. It used to be, you shot a roll of film, got it developed, and got back a set of small prints. Maybe you put some in frames, maybe you dumped them in a shoebox. But still, you physically had them somewhere. Now we snap away with our iphones and cameras, post here, post there, maybe remember to back them up somewhere. We'll get to them later, when we have time to go through everything, decide what to keep, and what to toss. That's what I tell myself anyway.
But the problem is, the more that accumulates, the more we procrastinate. It becomes a daunting, overwhelming task, because we are already stretch thin with our time. From now on, I'm going to make a conscious effort to print some photographs once a month, so I'm not faced with thousands of photos stuck behind a screen. And trust me when I tell you, it is far more likely for a hard drive to crash than have something happen to your photo albums :)