31 Jan My New Year resolution: Print more photographs

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By Louise Dickens

I, like many others, saw in the new year surrounded by friends, slurring the words to Auld Lang Syne and drunkenly calling my parents to shout ‘Happy New Year’ down the phone (it’s sort of a tradition).

The next morning I woke up and scrolled through the photos of the night before. Half of my friends had already uploaded theirs on to Facebook, and I smiled (and cringed) as I relived the events of the night before.

On my own camera roll, there were numerous photos of my friends – many of them repeats of the same pose – as we snapped again and again until we caught the ‘perfect’ picture.

I dread to think how many photos like this are stored on my phone. Every so often I’ll get that dreaded pop-up:

CANNOT TAKE PHOTO
There is not enough available storage to take a photo.

When this happens, I free up precious space on my iPhone by dumping all my photos on to my laptop. I don’t even bother looking at them, I just take comfort in knowing that my memories are safe and that I can starting snapping away again.

I’ve done this again and again, until it’s got to the point where I’ve now amassed thousands of photographs… and I have no idea what to do with them.

I think we all understand the importance of photographs, which is why we take and hoard them like we do. We all feel the same pangs of nostalgia when we see photos from our past, and yet we keep them hidden away in digital files, where we can’t enjoy them.

If the whole point of photography is to remind us of our favourite memories – then uploading them to my laptop and never looking at them again is completely pointless.

So, this year, I am going to print more photos.

I’m also going to go through my digital archives to sort my photographs properly. Those 10 photos of the same subject taken from slightly different angles? They’ll be whittled down to one. And blurry, out-of-focus photos of nights I can’t (or don’t want to) remember? They’ll be deleted.

Choosing What Photos to Print (And How)

Photos I will be keeping, however, will be those of my holidays and travels. I really enjoy exploring foreign cities and cultures, and the photographs I take when travelling remind me of some of my most exciting experiences.

What’s more, because I usually have a rather large selection of photos from my travels, I’ve decided I will print them into photo books, which I can keep close to hand on my bookshelf or coffee table.

I recently went on a weekend break to Reykjavik, and used the photographs I took to create my first photo book.

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