What do photographs mean to you?
I read somewhere recently that over 90% of the photographs taken in the entirety of human history have been taken in the last 5 years. Imagine that for a second – it’s incredible. The explosion in the smartphone industry means that today pretty much everybody has a camera on them almost all the time (even my mum who is over 70!). We have never taken so many photos. At this very moment I have 3127 photos on my iPhone. 3127!!! How many of those will ever see the light of day? Maybe a handful at best will be printed (and I’m a photographer who LOVES printed images).
The point I am getting at is this – we are so used to having easy access to photographs on these devices, be it a phone, a laptop, a PC, that we have almost forgotten the pleasure of actually holding a photograph. That intangible connection we have to it. We find ourselves accumulating hard-drives which contain a good portion of our modern family history yet we will probably never decide to sit down one day and plug it in and simply look at the images. Today we take a photo, post it to Facebook, and then its gone. We forget about it.
Wedding images should be entirely different. I know from experience, the images from my wedding are sat on my computer and 2 hard drives and I have not looked at them in 3 years. Why?
Because I have an album.
Having an album is an entirely different animal to having the digital image. I think it’s one of the reasons that vinyl is having such a renaissance; while people love the digital world and the benefits it affords us, it feels kind of soulless. Having something tangible to hold, to flick though, to run your fingers over, to pass to family members, to bring out of the cupboard and all sit down to look though is something I feel very strongly about.
The albums I use are pretty incredible. They have to be seen to be appreciated, but without going into the geeky “what’s it made of” stuff, I will simply say that everyone who has held one has wanted one. As an investment, I can think of no better way to capture your visual legacy.