I love taking pictures, but rarely take the time to print them! Needing to put something up on our new walls, I recently bought some square photo prints from Artifact Uprising to decorate with. The prints came in looking beautiful, and at 5×5 with a white border they looked clean in a grid up on the wall.
The photos I picked to print were from the frequent surf trips with Chris, which we started when we were dating. Seeing our history on the wall brightens my day. It’s so important to me to carry around a camera for this, to remember what happened and what it really looked like. There are good days.
Like one of our first dates. The night the sky was so clear, we could see the craters on the moon.
It turned into our favorite surf spots.
I finally took a good black and white photo from the car. With steady torrential downpours came a double rainbow in the ocean. Highlighting the language of light in the golden hours.
“I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking… Some day, all this will have to be developed, carefully printed, fixed.”
― Christopher Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin
But can someone really with hold judgement, and objectively observe? I don’t believe so. Your thoughts in the present will always be colored by your emotion and reactions. I’m just grateful that my thoughts in these photos are filled with something good.
I do love the way a photo changes with time and distance. You see yourself, your loved ones, and your unreliable memories the way that you want to see them more than as how they really were. If you go back far enough on my blog, you can find some of the posts with these original photos.
Artifact Uprising has so many other photo printing options than these square prints, but I like this size the best. You can tuck them inside a book or a planner, discretely put them on your desk at work, or tie them up with ribbon as the most thoughtful gift. I’d love to put together a photo book of our adventures next, or print one big remarkable photo to feature on its own wall!