I have always taken lots of photos, I was always the one with a camera whenever we were out, the one who would head off for walks to capture the sunset and encourage friends and family to head out for an activity which I would capture on my trusty compact. When I went to college I attended a photography course, learning how to use an ‘old style’ film SLR and I loved developing my own photos and watching my captures come to life as the print appeared on the paper
After meeting the hubster I inherited his dSLR and my passion for taking photos grew further, self teaching how to use it ‘properly’ and now take all my photos in manual. I’m not a professional by any means, just an amateur recording memories, but I love that photos capture a moment in time and they can be as artistic or simple as you want to make them
I’ve noticed over recent months that I’ve been snapping away without really thinking about decent photo storage, printing or backing up. I’ve lost a couple of hard drives with photos on them over the years, photos I’ve never been able to retrieve or look back on fondly. We currently rent our house, so photos on the wall are minimal and if you add that all to the last few years of capturing images you can only imagine how bad it has become
This week I decided to start the painful task of going through all of my memory cards, memory sticks and hard drives to print or store properly. I realised just how bad I had got when there were photos from October 2014 that I hadn’t backed up or reviewed, many with a very young J in them and many I would be pretty upset to lose. I’ve spent a couple of nights this week hunched over my makeshift desk in our spare room looking through photos, deleting duplicates or the ones that just don’t make the cut, desperate to put the work in now and hope all is okay as I get to each image
I’ve barely scratched the surface and have a good 15,000 left to go through, but it’s been a lovely reflection this week. I’ve looked back at my first trip away from my family to New York last March, our adventures to the beach last summer and I have just started going through our Florida holiday photos which were a whopping 6 months ago(!)
This week my photos are a small selection of what I’ve loved looking back at during this long process, the photos that have taken me back to that moment in time, remembering how cold it was, or how bright it may have been, or what made me take that particular shot, and why I was even there in the first place. It’s all about my ordinary activity of capturing a moment in time, my passion, my hobby, my photography.
Linking up with Katie for The Ordinary Moments