An Old Soul's Guide to Life: The Importance of Printing Photographs
We live in a fast paced, modern, digital world, that doesn't often respect the art of aging or importance of preservation. A world that sadly often doesn't see the enhanced beauty we gain with age. We are being exhausted and bombarded from day to day with the new, the keeping up with the Kardasians and the Jonses. Yet after a while, everything begins to looks exactly the same. Until people crave change and the cycle begins again.
I fight daily to ignore the ways of society, but the reality is, living in 2018 will probably be a breath of fresh air and sunshine, compared to the way I envision the world 50 years from now as technology continues to chip away at the very fabric of humanity: connection, conversation, mother nature.
I am not against technology, I just respect, appreciate, and enjoy living in a slower paced way. In living such a way, I am able to lead a very rich life.
What are we but memories and photographs?
At the end of our lives, they are all we have left.
- Victoria McGovern
When you think about your own life, what makes you tick?
What keeps you moving forward, happy, fulfilled?
At the end of your life, what will you want to have accomplished?
I have been asking myself these questions since I was a small child.
I knew early on I wasn't here for the rat race, but for the story. I was here not to live life for myself, but for other people. After all, we are all connected.
I am not perfect and I can always be doing more, there are always ways I could have and should have been better. But my intentions are pure and as long as I am alive, I will work at being a better human.
What's your story?
What is it you want to leave behind?
Answering these questions for yourself is how you will begin to build your own: "Guide to Life".
I want to leave behind photography.
At the end of our lives, memories and photographs are all we have left. I don't want my memories stored only on digital files. I want them printed out, held in my hand, enjoyed, savored, and aging gracefully. Just like me.
I want proof I lived.
Even if no one ever knows who I am through history, my story will still be told by the images I have created and held dear.
Images of the life I have lived and witnessed, as well as the the images of other peoples lives I have rescued and preserved.
You can learn a lot about a person by the photographs they take.
Like reading a book, a single photograph has the ability to tell a story and see the world through someone else's eyes. Each memory of a moment eternal and stamped in our mind. A photograph can have us traveling back in time, truly feeling as if we are there once again or for the very first time.
I can show you these images in digital form, you may say they are nice, but nothing will translate as remarkably as standing in my home holding them in your hand.
And my images will never give you the feeling you are missing, holding your own story in the palm of your hand.
I see the world differently. I see each moment as a memory, even while they are occuring.
I know now how much I will one day long for these moments.
Through photography, I am able to hang on to them a little longer.
My hope is for you to see the way I see now if you don't already, before it's too late.
Live your life.
Don't get caught up in the popular.
Take more pictures.
Print your images.
Treasure your story now, as each moment is gift for yourself and future generations.
Your photographs are your legacy.
About the Author:
Victoria McGovern is an Old Soul, Writer, Richmond Va. Based Photographer, Vintage Retailer, Fashion Stylist: Offering her services virtually, locally, & beyond.