This week at work, I scanned and printed a photo that had been taken over 30 years ago. The color was shifting to red and it was a bit beaten up as if it had moved around from one bulletin board to another. In the photograph, there was a couple standing on a beach, her in a bathing suit, him in an actual suit (and tie). They were looking away from the camera, but also their arms were masking their faces as they held out cans of beer towards each other. It was blurry.
I print so many photos every day, I don’t know why this one stuck with me. I think it was because it was so bad. I figured this must be a very important photo for someone as they’re spending money to have it copied and enlarged, perhaps it is commemorating an important moment.
And that led me to think of the countless times over the years at my job how customers come to the store after a loved one has passed away and they had exhausted all resources trying to find a decent photograph of the deceased to display at their memorial (It happens a lot, age or income seem to have no bearing on this). Often we’ll have to crop in to a single person on a group photo resulting in an extremely pixelated head shot. It’s a little depressing.
As someone who can’t leave the house without some sort of camera on hand, this always surprises me. I get that photography is a big part of my life and that some people have no interest in it whatsoever. But I urge you to take a few pictures of the people in your life, and have fun doing it. No special occasion required.
Make memories you can print and frame and share the ones that make you smile. (The tool doesn’t matter, we all know how amazing smartphone photos can be.) Here are some impromptu photos of my friends and family that I just love:
After choosing these shots to post, I realize that a) I am quite bossy when I want people in my photographs and b) I’m sensing a theme with water here, what’s that all about?