It has been a cool, showery day so outdoor activities were not really possible so I returned to my photo project. I started this about 2 months ago and you can read the details here. After the initial burst, I have continued to make progress by doing a bit almost every evening.
Yesterday, I located the albums which had all been scanned. They were carefully stored in the bottom of a wardrobe in the guest room. It was an incidental find as I was not specifically looking for them.
Today I have cross-checked that all the photos have been scanned and filed in correctly dated folders.
It seems like an enormous waste but the hard copies of the photos and albums will eventually all be discarded. However, I need to retrieve all of the dates and details to include in the description of the digital copies before I consider doing that.
The albums cannot be reused as there are details written in them. Therefore, I will be removing the plastic photo sleeves which can be recycled as ‘soft plastic’ and then the lightweight cardboard pages will be able to be recycled separately.
As you can imagine, it has been something of a nostalgia trip as I sort through over 40 years of photographs documenting various aspects of our lives but predominately celebrations and holidays. It is a stark reminder of how valuable photographs were when images were recorded on film then sent away to be developed and the anxious wait for their return. We thought twice about taking dozens of images which were relatively expensive to develop. Our attitude to photos has certainly changed with the advent of digital cameras and cameras built into mobile phones.