Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | June 20, 2011

Capture the Moments

Yesterday was Father’s Day and today is my Dad’s 82nd birthday. Today is also the day my Mom and Dad tied the knot in 1955. Mom passed away two years ago just three weeks before their 54th wedding anniversary. The many photos we have of Mom have become even more precious to us since her death. In addition to the many candid shots, I especially love the studio portraits that have adorned the walls of our home since I was a kid. My siblings and I are in the process of scanning and labeling several albums filled with our family’s Kodak moments. The larger framed studio portraits present a more difficult challenge but we are working to have them carefully taken out of their frames and scanned. Pending completion of this project, I used my iPhone camera to capture one of my favorite wedding photos of Mom.

An early Kodak advertising campaign encouraged families to use Kodak Film to “capture the moments of your life.” I’m glad that my grandparents and parents did just that. But, unless we take measures to preserve those moments, we risk losing them to deterioration. And, unless we consult older family members, we also risk not knowing who is who in the oldest family photos in our possession. So, that’s why we are taking intentional steps to preserve our family history for the next generation. I encourage you to do the same. If you don’t, then someone may one day look at a photo of you and wonder who you are. So, don’t just capture the moments — capture the names and dates and places that were captured on film or digital media.

Happy Birthday, Dad. And thanks for leaving us a legacy of family photos that keep us connected to those who came before us and that help us to see and understand our lives in the larger context of our family history. Here are a couple of wedding photos taken on June 20, 1955.


Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing this!

    Mortuza Biswas
    Bangladesh


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