Sorry to disappoint but this post isn’t about traditional photo reproduction. It’s about the quirky way that photos and their digital relatives seem to reproduce overnight as we sleep. It’s as if someone gave them water after midnight and we wake up with Gremlins that threaten to overwhelm us. In my case this seems to happen with discs full of photos.
This year I’ve been going through my kids’ toy room and my office/craft room so that we could switch spaces (more on that to come). During the switch I packed up tubs of “stuff” and moved them to our storage room. Out of sight, out of mind. Just when I was feeling pretty good about my new space being in order, I remembered the tubs.
Within one tub I found stacks of CD/DVDs full of photos. Some of them backups and backups of backups, some of them discs that were made from film prior to digital photography, some were from photos I’d had scanned, and then there were professional photos sessions. I began going through each one and copying any missing photos to my computer where I file them by month and year. Just as my pile began to dwindle a bit, I was going through old photo storage boxes which contain doubles (remember doubles?) and negatives. Guess what I found? Yep, discs full of our wedding photos. I sent Jennifer a text and told her I had found another stack. She explained that she was laughing with me, not at me.
It’s okay to laugh or curse or whatever makes you feel better in these moments. I have decided that I’m going to get through all of these CDs by the end of the year. I’m saving the boxes of photos and negatives for another day.
Do you have photo Gremlins that need tamed? Give yourself a deadline for tackling these items. We’ll all feel better without the stacks.