Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dear Photograph..

Having been indoors due to extreme cold  (19 degrees this morning)..
with the first SNOW Fall  of the season..
have been trying to get Autumn pics sorted, edited and saved/or discarded..
I found this article and thought it was perfect for sharing...
Have not been up to posting all week..
just running and staying so busy that computer time was basically non existent...
several extremely important projects were on the agenda..
their time has now arrived. 
so taking a quick break..
just had to share this!
Read on..and Please let me hear your thoughts afterwards!!
(I have an ulterior motive lurking just below the surface!!)
*Update..the temp has risen to a balmy 30 degrees..awesome!

This is Why We Photograph

Posted by Justin Case — 29 Jul 2011
A picture really is worth a thousand words. 
Truthfully, though, those pictures may each be worth far more.images
There really is no way to adequately measure or value the power of a photo to preserve our memories, stories, legacies.
One project that has caught traction and gone 'viral' (yes, a very Web 2.0 concept) is Dear Photograph.
The concept is simple, really... Take a physical print (photograph) from the past to the location where it was shot, hold up the image and photograph that photograph in the location ... in the present.
When Dear Photograph founder Taylor Jones was looking through photo albums with his family, he noticed his younger brother was sitting in the same spot where a photo of him had been taken years before. He held the album photo up, took a new picture and posted that new photo on his site at the domain, which he'd only just registered in May.
Perhaps the most viewed posting thus far is this one:
Dear Photograph, Thank you for everything we had
The concept is brilliant, really, and simple and terribly hard to turn away from. Even the least nostalgic can't help to get a bit misty-eyed at the photos of now grown children when they were but tiny toddlers.
Check out a few of my favorites here:
Dear Photograph,
My son hit a triple. He's all grown up now with 2 children and 1 on the way.
Love Mom
Dear Photograph.
We had nothing, but you gave me everything. Thank you for your never ending love. I love you Dad.
Dear Photograph,
Dad never took a picture of me, ever. Then I noticed his reflection in the glass.
Happy Father's Day, Dad.
There are only 7 pages to browse through (so far). You really need to get to this site, browse each page...savor each photo.
It's a rare image that makes you sit and consider your own life, relationships and memories. This is one site that is chock full of just those kind of images. It makes you want to hug your kids, call (or visit) your aging parents, reach out to your siblings, crack open a cabernet and sit around in nostalgic bliss.
I've got countless digitized images accumulated over the years (some true digital and others scanned from prints). After spending an hour savoring the images and captions on Dear Photograph, I just want to sink into all my images and reminisce.
The future's quite bright for Mr. Jones. He's rumored to have recently signed with a literary agent in Los Angeles to get a book set up on these images and the concept. His site continues to grow, with over 33,000 Facebook 'fans' and nearly 8,000 Twitter followers. In a late update, as I type this, I'm being told the site has also been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (tonight). All the best to Mr. Jones and his site.
This one will be on my daily visit list, for sure. Definitely!!!


  1. This is the first I heard of that site, and it is very endearing.

  2. Wow, this is one site that will have a bookmark on my computer. How very nostalgic, and endearing.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  3. wow. had not heard of this. I am SO on it. Already making a list of the sites I want to take pics ... from the past. Thanks Loui!!!

  4. Very interesting! It grows on you!

  5. I saw this idea somewhere else recently...on TV I think...anyway, pretty cool.


  6. Oh made me cry. :)

  7. Cool concept! I've never heard of that!


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