I just found out that today is World Photo Day and I simply can’t resist a good random holiday. Korske Ara, an adventure and landscape photographer based in Canberra, Australia, started the World Photo Day project in 2009.
He had the following to say about the craft:
Photography has the power to tell stories, freeze memories, inspire generations and initiate change.
That really does sum it all up, doesn’t it?
So why is World Photo Day celebrated on August 19th?
It was on that day in 1839 that the French government announced the development of the daguerreotype process. Not only was this the first publicized photographic process, but it was also considered the first practical photographic process. We have the following to thank for their most awesome invention – Joseph Nicéphore Niépce and Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (for whom the process was named).
Let’s hear it for Joe and Louis!
So what can you do to celebrate today? Here are a few ideas:
Take some pictures
It’s time to share your story. Get up. Go outside. Go back inside when you realize that you forgot your camera. Go outside again. Start snapping and let people see your world.
Actually look at the pictures on your phone
I came across an interesting study commissioned by Shutterfly, a producer of personalized photo books. Researchers found that more than half of new photos aren’t shared after being taken.
Does this feel familiar? Do you look at your pictures right after taking them and then never visit them again?
Fairfield University professor Dr. Linda Henkel said the following about this:
Looking back at a photo helps to reactivate and consolidate the memory, making it more accessible later and training the brain to remember the story behind the picture.
You took those pictures for a reason, so hit Memory Lane and relive those warm fuzzies.
Put your photos in an album
The Shutterfly study also found that 50% of survey respondents hadn’t looked at a photo older than 10 years in the past month. Think of it – all of those weddings, graduations, birthdays, vacations, dog parties – it’s like they don’t exist anymore.
You can bring those photos back into your life by putting them into photo albums. They help you tell the story behind the photos, which adds depth and meaning to the experience. And the feel of a book in your hands is just so wonderful – it’s personal and intimate.
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Perhaps you didn’t know that I hand-bind photo albums that are great for preserving your memories and stories…yep, it’s true. You can find a selection of my work for sale on both my website and on Etsy. Can’t find what you’re looking for? I love doing custom work – contact me and let’s talk.
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There’s also a dizzying array of online self-publishing options. Most offer templates to aid you in the design process and you can upload photos right from your phone. While I haven’t tried these myself, here’s a small selection of what’s out there (in no particular order): Mixbook, Blurb, Artifact Uprising, Pinhole Press, and Snapfish.
Do you have any photo-related stories to share? Have you used any of the photo book services on my list? Taking a stab at the daguerreotype?
Let me know about it – I’m all ears!