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Thinking back

I’ve been scanning old slides. Paris. All the iconic buildings are there in my collection. I can’t name most of the buildings now. I took pictures of the hotel room. Don’t’ laugh. And people? The kids? Family? A small percentage. What’s valuable this many (decades) later? Answer: The kids and family and friends. But not the trite pictures of standing in front of a monument to document – “Look ma, see where I am, wish you were here too. “No, it’s the intimate moments. I didn’t get too many. I’ve been blitz scanning after leaving off in 2013. So far, 2000+. Yes, it’s a long slow painful process that no one modern (digital) will ever have to do. The upshot? Too few of the slides are really keepers. Sad. I took a lot of documentary pictures of not much value now. The pics that make me smile are the ones of the kids when they were…that little?

2 responses

  1. I too have been going back through old photos and discarding many. But I find that some are worth keeping simply because they evoke memories of another time, another place.

    July 16, 2018 at 9:53 am

    • Yes, I have a lot of shots of famous places. In some cases the places don’t exist, like the World Trade Center. However, few pics evoke memories like the people pics I have been scanning.

      July 16, 2018 at 5:54 pm

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