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Ramblings, Thoughts and Nonsense from Me.

Where is the Value in Photography?

 A survivor from the fire.  My mom and me.

A survivor from the fire.  My mom and me.

It seems that people these days don't appreciate photography like they once did.

Today digital SLR cameras have gotten so cheap that everyone has one and everyone is a photographer now.  It's great that more people are now able to enjoy the art with out all of the extra expense that use to be part of photography.  Unfortunately this seems to have brought the value down.  

Uncle Bob has a good camera he can shoot that wedding or that family photo.  Uncle Bob will do it for free so he can build up his portfolio or maybe Uncle Bob only charges $100 to shoot an 8 hour wedding.  Why would anyone pay a photographer $5000 to shoot their wedding any more when Uncle Bob does it for $100 and hands over all the files to do whatever with?  There is a reason why Uncle Bob is so cheap compared to the Professional.  Like it has been said over and over and over, you get what you pay for.  We just don't value Photography like we use to and so many people cheap out on it.  They will pay thousands of dollars to a venue or for food but then only want to pay a few hundred dollars for a photographer.  Where will that food be tomorrow or a year from now?  We seem to have it backwards.  Pay a few hundred for food and thousands for the Photography.  10 years from now the Photography will still be around.  Where is that food and do you even remember what was served?  If you had a great photographer you will be able to look back through the photos and see.

We also don't appreciate the art of prints any more.  Everything is digital.  Got to get that image up on Facebook instead of putting a photograph on the wall of your house.

 A somewhat survivor of the fire.  My mom and me meeting Shamu at Sea World in Florida.

A somewhat survivor of the fire.  My mom and me meeting Shamu at Sea World in Florida.

I am writing this post because my dad's house burned down a few Christmas's ago.  He lost pretty much everything.  We did happen to find 2 photo albums (remember those things) full of photos from his childhood and my childhood a long with a lot more memories.  They were burnt and some photos where completely destroyed and same where almost un damaged.  Even though everything was pretty much lost he was so happy to see those albums.

 Survivor from the fire.  Me at Sea World in Florida.

Survivor from the fire.  Me at Sea World in Florida.

I have since gone through the albums and started scanning the images so we will have digital copies of what's left and so I can start trying to restore the photos that are salvagable.

This book of my childhood was almost completely erased.  Almost like the proof of my existence could of gone up in flames.  It got me thinking how important printed photos are.  We need to get back to that place where prints are more important than digital files.  I do think digitals are important for backing up those special moments and easily sharing online but having that physical print to hold and hang on a wall or put on a desk should be the most important of all.