When my parents visited Taiwan they found some old photographs at my grandmother’s place. During one of our Facetime dates with A, my father showed me a few pictures of when I was little, some of which I don’t remember seeing before. It got me thinking about today’s technology and how photos can be instantly shared with a click of a button. While the instant gratification is a benefit, it makes me sad to think about losing that experience of uncovering old photographs in a box years or decades later. Additionally, given the rapid pace of innovation, we don’t really know what the longevity of digital photos will be given how storage devices and online photo sharing sites can become obsolete or go out of business.
Perhaps it’s a generational thing, but I have a soft spot for physical photographs. Now that I have a family of my own, I want to leave behind artifacts that can be discovered over and over again by future generations. If you feel the same way, here are ways to preserve your memories in the digital age. Continue reading “Digital Artifacts”