The Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO) recently shared this radio conversation about digital preservation from St. Louis Public Radio. The conversation is 30 minutes long and includes input from librarians, archivists and digital media managers; there is an accompanying article that addresses the highlights. Continue reading
In June 2017, I heard Enrique Martinez Celaya interviewed by Krista Tippett on On Being; they discussed “The Whisper of the Order of Things.” He is a painter who trained as a physicist. The 50-minute interview addressed many topics, but I was most intrigued by his comments on photography.
Krista Tippett asked him about a comment he made previously: “Photographs whisper that to look at them is to lose or overhear something.” She then invited him to elaborate on how much more is going on in pictures than what we attribute now. Continue reading
If you are digitizing old media (Hi8, VHS, and VHS-C tapes), take the opportunity to separate unrelated clips that were previously stored on a single tape or cassette. Digitization is also the ideal time to document, improve audio and color, and remove irrelevant footage.
After I introduce myself as a photo organizer, the next comment is typically something like, “So do you…?” Fortunately, the answer I provide is usually: “Yes!” We digitize old media, sort printed photos, design photo books, organize digital photos, prepare slideshows, and more. Clients include families, photographers, and businesses – anyone desiring to preserve photographic history. Continue reading
While I was working on a 35mm slide-scanning project, the client asked me about printing from the scanned images. Would the scanned images yield quality prints? Continue reading
My mother turned 90 earlier this year. It is a milestone birthday, so I set out to recognize it with a video that captured the span of her years. As I reviewed and gathered photos from the late 1920s to the present, I realized how many roles she had in life: Continue reading
I am helping someone downsize – should I advise them to keep their negatives? I am digitizing my printed photos – should I keep the originals? What about slides? Tape? Film?
A celebration was scheduled for a 65th wedding anniversary at a continuing care community in Ohio. All residents and staff were invited for an afternoon cake reception, and the family desired to incorporate some photos of the couple, since many of the guests had not known the couple except for the last five years or so.
The client was a male in his 50s. As the youngest of four children, he inherited some of the family carousel trays. The slides included family vacations, camping trips, holidays and other childhood memories. He had 14 carousels (80-140 slides each), and his sister had about the same number. They were not sure if they wanted to digitize all of them or not.