The first thought that came to my mind is the many times that I have worked on achieving a reflection in my image. Sometimes I am happy, sometimes, I am not. I happen to be happy with the above picture.
However, there is another type of reflection happening around our house as I have been working on a massive project to digitize and organize thirty years worth of pictures. I started last summer, importing all my images into Apple’s Photos program, adding keywords, and organizing the pictures into events and such.
Plodding through recent years has been time consuming as I have been known to take a zillion pictures of the same thing, with different lenses and at different angles. Once I made it into 2009 and previous years, my project is moving along much quicker.
But now … now I am about to embark on those years where pictures were taken the old fashioned way … with film. And this means scanning from negatives or from the actual picture that lives in our photo albums.
Looking at old photos certainly plays interestingly on one’s emotions. Looking straight at me are the youngin’s ~ nieces, nephews, the grandkids ~ all grown up and some with families of their own now. I look at pictures of holidays and special occasions and I see loved ones who, for one reason or another, are no longer in our lives. It is at those times that it is best to put my project away for a while.
A few years ago, I was asked why I take so many pictures and just what the heck am I going to do with so many of them? I have thought of those questions quite often since. When I am gone, no one is going to care.
But I know that I care now. And Randy cares, too. Out of every year I organize, I select those that I consider to be ‘favorites’. Those pictures are loaded onto my phone, my iPad and Randy’s lap top. Through our Apple TV, those pictures rotate as our screen saver on our TV.
I can’t articulate how enjoyable it is to watch these pictures of our life flash by. There have been many times when both Randy and I just sit and watch.
I am up to over 13,000 images that I have considered worthy enough to be called a ‘favorite’. At random, for today’s post, I selected the first ten that caught my eye.