Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

February 20, 2014

Millions of pics snapped, but few saved for future info and pleasure

Dear Editor:

In these days of incessant picture taking, where everybody with a “smart” phone has suddenly become a “photographer,” I’m concerned that in the not-very-distant future nobody will actually have a photo record of their family.

Marilyn and I have countless big fat photo albums, covering the entire gamut of people and events that have been or are important in our lives. It’s always interesting to sit on the couch and leaf through these albums – those trips down Memory Lane are really sweet--sometimes bittersweet--and those photos are irreplaceable.

I pose this question: Of the millions of photos being snapped daily using modern electronics, how many will actually be printed? I’d guess almost none of them. (Note: I now used electronic cameras, but I make actual photo prints.)

But, you say, they’ll be saved on CDs, DVDs, or whatever the current hot gadget is. That would be just dandy, except a generation or two or several down the road there will no longer be the equipment with which to display the pictures.

I’m sure many of you remember the great slide shows that were once the very latest thing in displaying photographs. The saturated Kodak color of those slides was superb and superior to anything now available. Does your family still have a working Kodak Carousel or other slide projection machine? I’d bet not.

I’m just as sure that many, perhaps most, of you remember what a marvelous invention the VCR system was. I still have working VCR players in my house but they are used only very rarely.

Nowadays we have updated electronic equipment, i.e., CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray, whatever that is.

My point is that all those millions of pictures being taken have no future – and very soon families will be alarmed to suddenly realize that they have no lasting pictorial history of their friends, relatives alive and dead, homes, favorite vehicles and so forth.

They’ll never know the extreme pleasure of sitting on the couch – perhaps with a grandchild – and reliving that golden past through pictures.

They’ll never have that Kodak Moment and more sadly, they won’t even know what their predecessors looked like.

So snap on, you oh-so-modern folk – You’re just wasting your time.

Best regards,

Norm Voiles

Rural Rushville

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