By Camilla Trefgarne, Memory Albums of London
So, you’ve invested in the latest DSLR camera, spent your weekends learning how to shoot on manual and now your working your way through the backlog of digital photos accumulating on your hard drive. Hours spent searching to find that perfect shot, the one that really captures the moment, that says, this is what we did and this is how we felt, on this day, on this month of this year. A moment that will never be lived again, but will be remembered forever.
The question is what do you do with theses shots once you’ve found them? Keep them in a file on your desktop? Order another photo book online? Perhaps a mouse mat or a calendar? The trend for digital photography while convenient and cost effective has changed everything about the way we print and store our photographs. But nothing can really capture the feeling behind these images like a memory album, mass-produced and printed albums, can not recreate the emotion of your memories or do justice to the treasured moments that are so fleeting in our childhoods.
During my childhood, my mother documented my brother’s and my childhood memories in a book, it was more that an album, it was unique. She wrote memories, documented our first words, our first steps, our holidays, she saved tickets, our baby bracelets and locks of hair from our first haircuts. She created a legacy that we treasure and will share with our families and generations to come. These albums are undoubtedly one of our most treasured possessions, they are brought out at every family gathering, at Christmases, birthdays and on cold winters days when we all sit around the fire and reminisce of days gone by. This is my childhood, contained safe within the pages of this small book, and it is really all we have left of those special moments.
We all know the phrase “a picture paints a thousand words,” but words most certainly have there own place and value, it is those special words the thoughts the facts the emotions, combined with our most precious photos that create the most magical combination, like the music to a silent film.
Saul Bellow once said, “Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.” Memory Albums remind us of who we are and where we came from, they provide us with an everlasting reminder of things that have happened and places we have been long before our verbal memories.
It wasn’t until I got a little older that I began to get itchy fingers, a creative twitch, the desire to create, a desire to do something that was individual, meaningful and unique, and so I made my first album from scratch and began to document everything from my major life events to the day to day goings on and things that happened around me. My collection of albums document who I am, they say I have been here I have done this, and serve to show others the world from my perspective. As I look back on the pages of these books I am reminded of little details from my life that if I had not documented would have surely faded from my memory.
Last year I started Memory Albums of London, making hand made memory albums, in the hope that I may be able to share with others, the joy of documenting their and their families lives, to enable everyone to give their children the gift of their childhoods from the perspective of people who love and care for them, so that one day they too will be able to look back on their childhoods with fond and loving memories.
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By Camilla, Memory Albums of London
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