My personal digital divide
This weekend I was looking for pictures of previous trips to Philadelphia and couldn’t find them anywhere on our computer. And then I remembered, those pictures were taken with a regular film camera.
We came a bit late to the digital camera party. Partly because we were given a very nice film camera by my husband’s parents, so it seemed silly to use anything else. But now our photographs are split by a digital divide, pre and post digital camera. Our personal digital divide is somewhere around early 2008.
We bought our digital camera before our trip to Peru. I went there for a few days for my job, and then my husband came down and we stayed for a week to explore the Cusco region and see Machu Picchu. It was liberating to take as many pictures as we wanted, without worrying about wasting film. They were easier to share and actually, I find myself going back to look at them more than other photos since I spend so much time in front of the computer. But with a few exceptions, those are the earliest photos we have on our computer. We got married 6 years ago and I have no digital photos of our wedding. It’s like we were married in a different era.
At first I thought the answer was to print the digital photographs and add them to our physical albums. But now that almost seems like we’d be going backwards. What makes more sense now is scanning all of the old physical photos into digital form. I guess that’s another project for another day. One of my aunts has taken on the huge task of converting my grandpa’s old slides (remember those!) into digital photos on a CD.
When is your personal digital divide? What have you done to bridge the gap between your photos taken with film and your digital photos?
Finally, in honor of the trip that forced the digital camera issue, here are some favorite pics from our trip to Peru.
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