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In the new show Revolution, about a world after the world’s power suddenly ended, one of the characters pulls a long since dead iPhone from her bag and says, “You know the reason why I keep this? Because somewhere inside are the only pictures of my kids. First days, first steps – their whole lives, and I don’t have a single photo to hold in my hands.”
We forget how fragile those zeros and ones can be! But we keep so much of our lives – pictures, records, almost everything – stored in technology we think will always be there. What would happen if that single disk cracked? If the technology went out of date?
We certainly make digital images available, but we portrait photographers here at Keane Studios and throughout the world know that a digital file cannot replace the visual impact of a beautiful portrait. Think Mona Lisa, Rembrandts, Whistler’s Mother – did you immediately get a mental image? That’s why we print the following food for thought, about ANY important images you have, in our literature.
The Importance of the Print
Think ahead a year or two. You’ll smile at the warmth these printed portraits create in your home now – your family together!
In our new world of cell phones, social media and the cloud, we are surrounded by millions of images, created instantly and stored … where DID I put that file? Of course, you’ll want digital files, but don’t forget the value of a print.
Many years from now, your grandchildren may be rummaging through the remnants of their parents’ past and find a shiny round silver disk. Sadly, there won’t be a way they can see these images from a time long gone, because the technology will be as outdated as the 8 track.
Every generation will be glad you created the portrait prints you did!
Bill started photographing weddings from his dorm room at the Claremont colleges back when Nixon was president and film was the only way to record images. A great deal has changed since 1968, but his fascination with photography, and ultimately the stories of the people he has photographed, has made every day of his 40+ years as a portrait photographer, as interesting as the first. Bill considers himself very fortunate to be involved in what I love doing every day.
As I was growing up, my parents always made portrait photography part of our lives, as it had been when they were growing up. As my own children grew, I developed a deeper appreciation of how important those photographs had become in my life. There was the picture of my uncle and the horse drawn delivery wagon he drove for my grandfather’s business on the unpaved streets of Berkeley; the portrait of my other grandfather smoking a pipe as he fished on the bank near the family home in Morris, Illinois; there was my mom as a six year old child model in Chicago; and then there were my own baby pictures, and memories of family vacations. Because my parents passed away when I was in my 20′s, these memories of my family have become my own link to the past, and a way my family now can connect with their history. Of course, it’s also kind of fun to remember that my hair used to be dark!