Editing Photographs

Today’s photo is from New Zealand taken 21 years ago.

This beautiful spot is just a little southeast from Milford Sound, Lake Te Anau in New Zealand.
I’m very fond of this photo, it reminds me of the tranquility and the peace you find so easy in the magnificent nature in New Zealand.

But the story I will tell today is actually not about neither New Zealand, Lake Te Anau or the amazing nature, but about editing photographs from several decades.

For the past seven years I have been a member of the The Travelers Club of Denmark (De Berejstes Klub) and some of us in The Travelers Club of Denmark have bought a scanner together so we can get our old slides digitized.

You remember the slides?

I think we all have an uncle Bob or know someone who has an uncle Bob, who twenty years ago showed one boring slideshow after another.
Well so did Dieter and I, he he… Except our slideshows were extremely exciting, of course! They were well organized and interesting. (Well, that’s what I recall..!!)

Now we write 2015 and watching boring, or less boring slideshows are more or less over and done.
So these days the scanner is working 24/7. Dieter has done the hard work of getting it to function with the software on the computer.
I have, so far the less complicated job to make sure all the photos get into the right files so they are easy to track down in the future.
Eventually my job is also to edit all the photos. But with my PCS I will take it slow and do one photo at the time.

I love the written word. I think words, sentences, dialogues and conversations are some of the most important things in the world.
Words can praise, stop wars, encourage peace, make people laugh, make people love, educate, and SO much more.
But science also shows that when the written word comes with a photograph, our brain tends to remember the context so much better.
If there’s no photo but you want to remember a certain text, science tells you to create a commemorative picture to be better to recall what you actually read.
An example could be that you want to remember that it was King Fredrik 7th that gave Denmark the Danish Constitution.
A commemorative picture could be that the king waving the Constitution, while he’s watching a tennis match between Frederik Fetterlein and the Seven Dwarfs.
The picture contains both the king, the constitution, the name Frederick and the number seven. So it’s easy to remember the context.

Ref. Søren Breiting, lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of Aarhus.

So I’m one happy gal, and globetrotter in a wheelchair. I love the fact that, in the future it will be a piece of cake for me to select photos from all my journeys.
Dieter and I are still busy scanning 10.000 of photos and will be for some time. But so far it has been like opening up a present full of wonderful and priceless stories and memories.

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