30 Minute Flashback …

I’ve always loved photographs.

We used to keep them in large albums with thick, heavy, covers which were difficult to open.

They were often filed away in a cupboard and brought out by chance when we noticed them whilst looking for something else.

Nowadays we have, perhaps, courtesy of digital cameras and phones, too many photos.

Too many to review, often now resident on our laptop computers or personal phones.

Never to be seen again or shared once taken.

My wife, bless her, decided some years back to scan all of our old photos from those albums into digital form for posterity.

It was a massive project.

We recently decided to build, over the weekend, a 30 minute slide show of a selection of these photos (plus some latest phone ones) so we could share with family and friends as Xmas approaches.

We had to decide on selecting 150 photos covering our life.

It was a tough call.

Little did we know how we would react to being transported back to memories, people, events and places that just became suddenly vivid and real again.

30 minutes plus chat time of course.

It became 3 times that estimate when we did a trial run.

A flashback of our lives.

A journey now stored in the digital cloud.

For us and others to review and reflect.

I’m still shaking.

It ought to be on prescription…

Memories …

Last week my friend Ian gave me a copy of a holiday DVD he had compiled for his family.

His large family stretch geographically right across the UK (and in France too!) but they still manage to find ways of meeting up as a total group whenever they can.

Of course they keep in touch on the phone, via video and odd visit as they feel fit but the full family meetings have to be project managed and organised with military precision.

This DVD, about 30 minutes in length, was a collection of video clips, photos, music, commentary, collected over a couple of years of these full family holiday events (mainly based in France on the ski slopes!) and was produced as a short film by Ian complete with opening trailers.

It took my breath away.

The energy, the fun, the laughter, the organisation, the outtakes, the closeness of the family all growing up and getting older together.

All getting along famously.

Marvellous viewing.

I’ll be watching it a few times in the future – I enjoyed it so much.

It reminded me how important it is to remember to make the effort to keep in touch and capture these family moments on the technology now available.

To preserve them on hard disks, memory sticks, (the cloud too of course) as a retrievable legacy of your family in years ahead.

Not only for family purposes but for others to share and enjoy when someone asks “how did your family keep in touch?”

It takes a real desire to do it, organisation, and attention to detail.

Now that’s the tough part.

I’m still trying to get my breath back …until the next viewing.

And thinking what I need to do more often in the future for my family.