Yesterday I hinted at this on Facebook and here it is: An 1867 copy of the Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens! Complete with a handwritten date and name of the owner in the front. It’s not in good condition, but it’s still beautiful. I don’t know if it’s going to stay or be sold. I decided to shoot a precious few artistic images without handling it too long.
Printed books and photographs have always been a treasure to me. Once upon a time, this was it. There was no digital copy. There was no file back up in the Cloud. I wish the previous owner had taken better care of this book. With care a book like this can still be in great shape.
CDs and digital files have a finite life span. This book has survived for 145 years despite the uncontrolled climate conditions (like Minnesota) it was stored in!!!!!!!
This is the reason I am encouraging all of my clients to start printing their photographs, not just in greeting cards, but in albums. Even your personal photographs, things you snap on your phone, take them and print them somewhere!!! I know everyone likes digital, it’s easy, it’s fast. However, I am passionate about providing good photography, and making sure my clients get nothing but the best.
I think to not offer professional prints or encourage people to print their photographs is a huge disservice. Digital files alone are too finite.