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Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 14, 2013 - 07:36am PT
They've been in a closet of one house or another for the last 35 years, but I'm finally scanning the best and then throwing them all in the trash. I'm saving someone from a big, boring, time consuming job after I die.

I sure did take a lot of sunset, tree, rock and flower shots!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 14, 2013 - 07:49am PT
I'm with you, Mark. . . there was a time in my life when I lived in a horrifying place, doing really terrible work. I was going to school and had to put up with it - but I was running the dark room at my college and didn't go anywhere without my Nikkormat. . . and I made myself a deal; I had to find at least one beautiful thing, every single day, and I had to photograph it. You wouldn't believe how many shots I have of flowers and clouds and raindrops. . . all framed by an L.A. sky.

Some of them actually ended up in assignments for class.

GOOD GRIEF!

Who'd want 'em?

But. . . there they are, in my portfolio. . . waiting to see if they survive the next great purge!

:-/
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2013 - 07:52am PT
I'll probably pare down from 4000 photos to maybe 400. Once they are digital, they are all going to the trash.
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Jul 14, 2013 - 08:03am PT
If any are really special, keep it. Film will outlast digital media (no it's not permanent) and your family 50 years from now will be glad you did!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 14, 2013 - 08:08am PT
I've still got all the negs and contact prints, too. . . all black and white.

HA!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2013 - 08:26am PT
I'll be dead in 50 years and no one will care. Ellen, my daughter will be 65 and I'll bet she'll have no desire whatsoever to scan slides. In fact, In 50 years, the technology to scan a slide will probably not exist.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 14, 2013 - 08:44am PT
Interestingly, I inherited all the family antiques from the Victorian. In this collection are Daguerreotypes, some in the trippy gold frames, and Tintypes of my courageous forefathers breaking sod on family farms in Nebraska. I'm stoked to have them, but nobody else in my family gave a rat's ass about them.

Hmmmmmmmm?

Undoubtedly, none of them will care about "Images From Inner City Rescue" in L.A., either.

I do wonder about permanence . . . then I see these photographs and play the Swiss music box from 1845 and am proud that those old dads took really good care of their stuff.

Seems as if I may be a better keeper of their flame than my own.
Dr. Christ

Mountain climber
State of Mine
Jul 14, 2013 - 08:49am PT
I'm saving someone from a big, boring, time consuming job after I die.

One of the best things I did after my dad died was go through the box of old photos. Many of them were lame and boring... but even those meant something.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jul 14, 2013 - 08:49am PT
Just imagine going through all the photos on people's cameras and stored on their computers now in the digital age.

Good lord, they take photos of their dinner every night!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2013 - 08:54am PT
I'm saving the good ones. Ellen will have hundreds of photos to look at but, rocks, flowers, sunsets and tree shots I thought were cool 85 years before, will be of little interest to her, I'm sure.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 14, 2013 - 08:55am PT
I'm at a loss with today's photography.

So little of my work gets printed.

I have THREE Apples and a 2TB external hard drive full of digital work that is all but invisible. And the longer it stays out of sight, the easier it is to let slip away.

?
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2013 - 09:01am PT
Max racking up for the Zodiac in the fall of 1977.

Credit: Mark Hudon

Ian Jewell

climber
Jul 14, 2013 - 09:13am PT
that section of camp 4 is on a really steep incline

they have since graded it severely.
good thing you got photos of it when it was like that back in the day
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Jul 14, 2013 - 09:21am PT
you might be right, 50 years from now you may not be able to scan a slide, but you will be able to hold it up to a sunny window and see it.

Don't underestimate the power of the mundane.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 14, 2013 - 09:23am PT
....it was taken in the age before the river had eroded the floor of the Valley into a flat flood plane...

as for your images... certainly do what you like, but do consider how you view an image's value and what you had in mind originally when creating the image, and then the other values of an image.

From a creative artistic point of view, those images, or pieces of them, might be of value to others... they just need to be available. Our concepts of "copyright" and intellectual property (and artistic property?) are limited to our own use, but when you expand that to the larger creative community you cannot tell if the stuff you have is any good or not.

In the coming era images are collections of bits, digitized and dispersed in the larger digital storage universe... keeping original copies on film isn't such a bad thing, someone someday may have a use for them... if you care to have any connection into the distant future, index them and keep a hard copy list of the index with them...

let them be passed on and used for things we can't imagine.

Why throw them out?
Ian Jewell

climber
Jul 14, 2013 - 09:26am PT
ah yes , glacial erosion , the ranger told us about that on the green dragon
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 14, 2013 - 09:39am PT
Why throw them out?

I must agree. . . since I still have it all! And I'm not a packrat!

:-)
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2013 - 09:41am PT
I'm not a keep it around in case kind of guy. I don't want to leave more than a small box of stuff when I die.

I'm scanning the best photos and keeping those, I don't see any need to keep the slide.
Gene

climber
Jul 14, 2013 - 09:49am PT
Mark,

For me at least, there is something very special about holding old prints that I find much more rewarding than viewing a scanned image on a monitor. This is especially true of old family pictures. No matter how good the scan or the quality of the printer, something is lost in translation. The same applies to old letters and such. I have scanned many but primarily as a backup. Nothing beats the original.

That said, there is probably no good reason to archive every pic you ever took.

g

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 14, 2013 - 09:49am PT
scan them all (I know, big work) and let them loose on the internet to be used by anyone for anything...

or not...

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