It used to be a birthday tradition in my house to pull out the heavy fabric covered photo albums that my Mother spent hours organizing and putting together of the early years of my life. Pages of printed photographs, polaroids, and ticket stubs lined each page with memories. I knew the embarrassing stories by heart and some pages I even have memorized with the fading saturation of my youth. Yet every year, we sat as a family and slowly peeled the plastic covered pages back reliving each photograph.
Photography has altered the way we remember our lives tremendously today. Our images no longer shared hand to hand, but rather can now be seen by millions (mostly strangers) from all over the world in a matter of minutes.
As Canadian writer Stephane Lavoie observed “our photos can speak instantly to the world, and our reminiscence happens in real time.” The over abundance of constant imagery has made it easier to forget and replace what we have seen.
Read more on how modern photography is changing the way we remember our lives.