Digital photography has made it easier than ever to remember the good times
Technology is something else, as my grandmother would say.
So many pictures.
I’ll take more pictures of my teenage son this year than have ever been taken of me.
Outside of school photos with “PROOF” stamped on the front of them, I don’t think I’ve ever even seen more than a half-dozen photos of myself as a child.
There was that little picture of newborn infant me that they take at the hospital with my date and time of birth.
A picture of toddler me pulling a laundry basket down onto my head while in a baby walker.
A picture of toddler me smiling at the camera.
Still have that one. I look exactly like my son. Could be a picture of him.
And that’s most of them.
Of course, there is a perfectly good reason why photos of me are rare. I don’t think I knew anyone with a manual film camera in the 1970’s and 80’s. There was not one single person that sent film in to be developed at some studio or even the drug store.
And have you ever seen an instant camera? We called all of them Polaroid cameras back then — to the consternation of the Polaroid Company. They were big, clunky, and the film was expensive.
But now we have digital cameras and, better yet, cellphones that fit in our pockets that take pictures that rival those of professional photographers.
And if you don’t like the picture? Delete it and try again. For free.
I’m happy that we get to capture these memories of my son and have begun to actually print them for display.
I may have to get a bigger house.