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The Times of your Life

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 18, 2009 by davegerry
The photo drawer

The photo drawer

Starting a blog like this will force you to get cosy with your camera. The ability to capture images today is so omnipresent, employing all manner of hand held devices,  that nothing happens anywhere in the world without someone capturing a still picture or some video.

That’s good news for information junkies, but bad news , as we’ve seen, for someone like Michael Richards and, possibly, Bigfoot.

Keeping the blog colourful and visually stimulating can also send you spelunking deep into your photo drawer.

My photo drawer is in the bottom of a massive wooden wardrobe and is a hernia waiting to happen. If there’s a fire in my home the first thing I will drag out of the house (after Angie) will be this drawer. I have already planned the escape route. The memories in there, unlike everything else under my roof, are irreplaceable.

Nothing is catalogued or organized in my photo drawer. I’ve never been very good with building albums or burning photos to a disc. So it’s a complete grab bag of envelopes and boxes .

It is impossible for me to open this drawer to search for a single image and not wind up blowing at least an hour or two looking at everything else.

If I dig deep enough through the layers I can find some tiny, black and white snapshots I took as a kid with my Polaroid Swinger camera. Remember the Swinger? Man, you were some groovy cat if you had a Swinger! Try as you might, it’s impossible to explain the thrill of the early Polaroid experience to anyone under the age of 30.

You’ll get a blank stare and a comment like, ‘You mean you had to wait sixty seconds just to see the picture?”.

A fine set of instant snapshots taken at Expo '67 when I was a fourteen year old 'Swinger'.

A fine set of instant snapshots taken at Expo '67 in Montreal. I was a fourteen year old 'Swinger'.

In 1975 the Kodak company hit the television airwaves with an impossibly sentimental advertising campaign featuring Canada’s own Paul Anka singing a jingle called ‘The Times of Your Life‘. This was so popular that it eventually wound up as  a full fledged song on an album .I still think it was one of the most effective pairings of music and message I’ve ever seen. I admit to getting all misty and verklempt every time it aired.

But this photo drawer does represent the times of my life. Faces stare out from some of the oldest Gerry family photos and I have no idea who they are. Once the last member of the previous generation dies there is no one left to confirm some the identities. Get your snapshots to your grandparents now and have them write the names that belong to those faces on the back.

There are lots of web based companies that will take your photos and allow you to craft them into a book. You create an account, download your material, organize it with the use of their templates and fonts and when you finally give the go ahead they will print you a book and ship it to your door. I think it’s a great idea. Do it for yourself. Better yet, do it for your kids. This may be the year you put the times of your life in order.