The value of a photograph is different to every person you ask. You will also get a different answer for each hat that a single person wears. I, as a photographer, find this amazing and think that it is interesting to ask myself this question.
As a mother…..the value to the photos of my precious men is amazing. I still have photos of them at 1 year old with the bite mark on their arms that they got from a good friend while at daycare. As I look at the image I remember their pudgy arms begging for my attention and I get teary eyed. I also have that 5 year old documented on my walls with the missing teeth and the wonder in their eyes when I was still a super hero instead of an embarrassment. I truly treasure the somber black and white that hangs in my dining room of my youngest. This is a face that I see but not everyone gets to. You see the depth of his thoughts and the strength of his soul.
Now if you ask the genealogist in me to say what the value of a photograph is you will not hear the sappy memories. You will hear the wish of a historian to see the people that I want to know so much about. I have a couple pictures of the parents generation. I have a wedding picture and a family picture of the great grandparents and that is about it. Please take the plead of a woman trying to build a history of our family for the generation to come and take pictures. Many of them. Have CDs labeled with years taken and if you organize images on your computer please take the time to tag the people in your photographs!
The crafty woman in me sees a challenge of a photograph. How is the best way to display and show this amazing work of art. Whether it is a woven blanket with the image on my couch or a cup on my husbands desk filled with a beaming image of the boys’ faces. I love finding the best way to display the years photos. I recommend a year in review DVD!!!! Check out animoto.com!
What is the value of your photographs????