What does your Photographic Footprint look like? When people talk to me about the kind of work I do and what is involved in curating a photo collection, I begin by asking important questions that help determine what their Photographic Footprint might look like. “Do you have more printed photos than digital? Do you have slides? Do you know where your photos are? How many devices do you have that you take photos with AND on how many devices do you store your photos?” Most people truly don’t realize the magnitude of their own photo collections because they don’t have their photos all together.
So when you begin to think about creating a “living legacy” with your photos, you need to know what photos you have and where you have them stored. Gathering your photos together is the first step in organizing your photos. It helps if you break this down into your printed photos and your digital photos. The end goal will be to merge all your photos together so that you can begin the sort and organization process.
Ok now that you have gathered everything together let’s take a look at what you have.
Remember that “living legacy” that I was talking about last week? Well his collection is mostly printed photos. I would say 80%. Then he has slides. Not nearly as many of those, maybe 12%. Finally he has a digital camera that he has used very little but still he has some digital photos from recent years. I will say 3% to make our numbers add up.