Here's the Scoop: March 19, 2014
Captured on film
The other day, I was scrolling through my MacBook looking for photos to show someone regarding a particular topic. I finally found the pictures, but it took awhile because I often don’t label photos once I transfer them from the camera.
Later on, I began thinking about how crazy it is that the pictures I take just sort of linger in the digital recesses of my computer, but most never meet up with photo paper or a proper frame. This point came into even tighter “focus” a few days later when I began shuffling through several boxes of family photos — from the “olden days.”
Most of the photos in the boxes were of the “vintage” variety. A lot of them were not in great shape, but there were also many that looked like they were taken yesterday. Well, except for the hair and clothing styles.
I’ve seen many of these photos, but still get a kick out of them any time I decide to dip into the nostalgia pool. The family pictures are the best, of course, as they trace back to a slower-paced world. Those days may not have been “better,” but somehow I’d glad that I received a Wiffle ball and bat for my third birthday instead of a mobile phone. Call me old-fashioned.
The photo dig provided an opportunity to take a leisurely mind stroll into the past. As with most older photo collections, there were lots of pictures that resulted in quizzical looks and questions like: Who the heck is that wearing the totally hip “Mad Men” outfit? Oh, it’s my father.
In addition to scoping out the hairstyles and attire, I really like the memories (however vague) of places visited that are sparked by these piles of photos. Childhood vacations, holiday celebrations, weddings — records of all those precious events are packed into those boxes.
I’m certainly not saying that this collection of dog-eared photos is necessarily superior to today’s world where it seems like everyone has a camera/phone in their pocket at all times — and many folks seem to have photos from just about everything they do. I guess that’s kind of cool. Until they lose their phone.
Maybe that was a bad idea?
Fortunately, most folks have posted their photos on enough social media sites so they can rest assured that these pictures will live on for, well, ever. As a growing number of folks are finding out, having all these personal photos out there for public consumption may not be a good thing when it comes to job hunting — and the interviewer is armed with a stack of not-so-professional pictures of the prospective employee.
But, that’s a worry for others to consider. As much as I enjoy some aspects of today’s technology, it’s still very refreshing to enter the photo box time machine and be transported to an earlier day. It’s really interesting to have the knowledge of what’s happened during the lifetimes of the photo subjects.
An added benefit is knowing that the iconic Napoleon Dynamite character was absolutely based on my senior photo. I’m quite proud of that achievement. Even it was my hairstyle that turned my father into a “Mad Man.”
— Brian Sweeney