Thursday, January 03, 2008

There's A Difference

I got three CDs of holiday pictures back today. I was feeling discouraged about the ratio of "good" pictures and confused about which ones I might print or post until I realized something. Some photos, especially of people, are archival. You're picking up the moment, remembering a day and it's the fact that they'll jog someone's memory in a year that makes them worthwhile. Other pictures are "good"; they're arty or well composed or worthy in some way. Sometimes you get a picture that's both. I can only assume that after a while you get a higher percentage of that last kind. At least I hope that's what happens for me.

These 2 are particular favorites. The one above is of ChemE and Auntie Blanche. Now that Auntie Blanche has some trouble hearing and has lost the sight in one eye completely it's often hard to get a good photo of her because she has to concentrate so hard on the basics of interaction. It's also not easy to get her to laugh full on so that first picture is a real catch.

This second one is classic ChemE. She's about to tell someone that they're full of shit. I get such a kick out of the glee she has when she does that. Note the mischievous twinkle in her eye.

Stay tuned for more as I dole them out. I may not even tell you whether I consider them archival or "art."


  1. Probably when we were in HS. I've known her since I was in elementary school and she's been an integral part of my life since we were in Jr. High so she's been around a lot.

  2. Anonymous5:02 AM

    I'm pretty brutal about getting rid of photos that aren't very good. But then, every now and then, I find some old photos, that, had I taken them, I would have thrown them away, and they're wonderful and delightful in so many ways because they're so everyday, they just catch something that needed to be caught, but you don't realize it at the time. Keep snapping!

  3. That picture of Auntie Blanche is priceless. She looks like quite a lady.

  4. Snob, Auntie Blanche is an amazing lady and I keep learning more about her amazingness every time we go out to lunch.

    Miflohny, finding pics that I thought weren't worthwhile years later and realizing it was important to have them is EXACTLY why I can't let pics go. It's much better now in the digital age when it's just disc space, not paper and whatnot. You never know when you might be able to look at something from a different perspective and make something of it. I actually hyperventilated a little reading your comment about being ruthless with "unworthy" photos.