I did not set out with a plan to scan all of my photos and negatives into digital version – in fact, I set out to find just a single photo and convert it to a digital file. But then I panicked when I couldn’t find the photo, or the whole album for that matter, and tore my basement apart looking for it. I found the photo but it also made me slightly nervous that I could actually lose my collections of photos from before I started using a digital camera. So now I have launched into a full scale photo achieving project – scanning all my negatives, scanning any photos that exist separate from the negative, and creating albums for photos that exist only digitally.
We bought our first digital camera in 2004 (just before heading out on our trip to West Africa) and between 2005 and 2007 I did a great job of printing copies of my photos and making albums (this happened to be the same period of time I was a grad student so I had a little time). That leaves me everything from 1998 – 2004 to digitize, and everything from 2007 to present day to paper-copy.
It isn’t a fast process but I have matched about 50% of the negatives with albums. I’ve started scanning and made it through the albums I own from before 2000 – which is only a tiny portion but has been fun in that “walk down memory lane” kind of way.
Here are just a few of the gems I’ve rediscovered from what was the last few years of the 90s:
I am looking forward to finding out what is on the other half of the negatives that I just can’t figure out yet!