The Value of a Priceless Photo of One's Life

Do you have a special photo that means a great deal to you? Is that image the only one you have? I personally have many one-of-a-kind photos that mean the world to me. At one time, many of my images consisted of only one print. One day, I started thinking, how I would feel if those special images were lost or destroyed. I would be devastated. I realized a long time ago how important an image can be and how special they are in my life. I do not take any image of my life and the lives of others in my life lightly. That is why I took the time to gather up all the images I could find and make copies of every one of them. The project took me 4 complete weekends to copy over 2000 images, store them and back them up. For me, images represent a moment in time that is captured and will never be repeated. So capturing a special moment in time is very important to me. 

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In my life, I have had some photos that are very important to me. For example, one of my very special photos is of me and my son. I was a young 23-year-old young man and I was a new father to a very special little boy. As a father, I wanted to spend as much time as I could with my little boy. I enjoyed playing with him, putting him to bed, feeding him, and being the father to him that I never had growing up. My favorite photo of me and my son was me holding him and him mocking me. It is a simple photo but one I truly do treasure. At one time, the image was the only print I had and I had lost the negatives. If I had lost that image, it would have been terrible.

Of course, I have other images that are very special to me. However, I have very few images of my own childhood. I do have many images of my family and special moments of my life. Most importantly, I have images of those that are no longer with me and that has passed. One special image of mine is a very old photo of my grand mother before she pasted away. My grand mother was responsible for getting me and my wife to together. Sadly, I have very few images of her but the ones I don have are very special to me and my wife. Photos of those that have passed are very important because I understand some of the members of my family will never get the chance to know them and their images is all that is left of their lives. 

It really amazes me how some people take their own photos are granted. They do not take the time to store them, safe guide them, and make copies of images when there is only one original print. An image takes on a whole new meaning when the only photo of someone special has passed away and the print is the only thing you have left. It is important to never take photos of one’s life for granted. We all can replace other possessions in our lives, but we can never replace our special photos if they are not preserved. Never take an image for granted because they are truly special. 

One last thought; take as many photos as you can throughout your life. Be that annoying family historian and photographer that drives everyone nuts. As time goes by, those that complained about all the photos you took will be glad you did. 

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Until next time, keep shooting!

Roger Younce