Sunday, December 23, 2007

Family Archives Project

I take a good many photographs,  About 1000 a month for the last year and a half.  Having a digital camera and a big external hard drive helps a lot in terms of editing and storing the images.  I also have about 2500 of the images up on the internet photo sharing site Flickr.  There are sets of family photographs, travel photography, random shots and a few attempts at photographic art. 


And now there is a new section for the family photo archives.  I have a stack of photos that my mom and dad got from my father's aunt.  They're black and whites from the 40s and 50s and show my father's family in various stiff post-war poses.  There are photos of people I never met, including my grandmother, and photos of folks I never knew until much much later.  There are also some shots my mom saved of my grandmother's extensive collection of photographs from the 60s, 70s and 80s.  They are primarily fading color shots, with a few portraits and such worked in.


I started scanning the images on my Epson Perfection 4180 Photo scanner.  The photographs are old and brittle, some in worse shape than others.  If I don't start now, they will fade away to nothing.  While there isn't much of historic value among the piles of photos I have to scan, they deserve to be preserved.  People took the time to take the photos, paid a lot to have them developed, and saved them for all these years.  They should be preserved.   


So head on over to Flickr and see how the project is progressing.  One note however - in the interveneing years, some of the names have been lost.  If you know who someone is or where the shot may have been taken, please leave a comment so we can add the data.


Now back to the holiday preparations!


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