A grid of cacti being grown in pink containers for sale.

The Big Negative Sort

I recently had a client with 175 negative strips as part of her photo collection.  Some were grouped in plastic sleeves from the developer (Rite Aid, Eckerd).  Some had white handling tabs attached to them.  And many were just…loose.  How was I going to tackle the sorting of the loose strips?  My ultimate goal was to recreate the film rolls of which they were a part (so that I could match them to existing prints or to contact sheets).

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A turtle made from sand on a beach.

Help! My Photos are Stuck to…

There is much advice on the internet regarding how to address prints stuck to stuff.  How one should proceed depends on the age of the photos, what they are stuck to, whether they are the only record, and how precious they are.  If they are stuck, they are already damaged.  The goal will be to minimize any further damage as they are separated from whatever they are attached to.

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A family seated at a table for a 1969 holiday dinner. Grandparents on left, mother standing at the end of the table, teenage daughters on the right.

The Context of Our Photographs

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

About 11 coffee capsules in a black container, upside down, varying colors.

Active Projects and Project Inquiries

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