Something about photographs May-2017

Whether as a result of film (you remember film, don’t you) or digital capture, there is something wondrous about photographs when they are printed expertly on really good paper by someone who knows how to do printing. Several things can happen when we look at an enlarged print, say in the 11x14 or larger sizes. Memories can be triggered that bring back happy times with families, or a longing to be in the place that is shown in the photograph, or any number of emotional responses. All this can happen no matter how it is displayed: as really big prints on a wall, smaller prints in a collage and framed, or just holding an 8x10 in your hand. Scrapbooks full of paper prints have a unique feel that monitors and cell phones just can’t impart.

Photographs allow us to slow down and allow our minds to gather in information from a print that we can easily miss in a video on a phone to monitor or TV. Family snap shots, or travel images, or photographs of the family taken by a professional photographer, or an image of a landscape enlarged and hung on the wall, again either by a family member or a professional piece of art can all allow us to become calmer in a very short period of time and just be thoughtful for a time. Some can make us laugh or cry.

Photographs do all of this and more - for me, nearly every day i see image that I stop and take a good look and enjoy what there is to be seen. i guess all of this is why I believe that photography isn’t going to die anytime soon.

Michael D McGuire-May9-2017

Some thoughts on where all the selfies and other cell phone images go…
January 6th, 2017

I have often wondered where all of those images being made with telephones wind up. A few people that I talk to have told me that they do move them onto their computers, which is a good start. A great many others just keep them in their phones - no editing, just huge collections of images. Some good ones and a lot of so-so or worse images. If you want to see something you have to dig through an awful lot of stuff to find it/them and that can take some considerable time.

If you drop and crash your phone and the drive dies and you can’t retrieve the data on the phone, you lose everything: images, phone numbers and whatever else there might be, including emails and Lord knows whatever else there might be. At least the guy who moves all that stuf tot the cloud or to his personal computer has put all of that somewhere safer. I was told once upon a time the Hard drives, wherever they are, are made to do one thing perfectly: CRASH. They do it so well. That’s why I have a continuous movement of whatever I shoot, including the best of my film images, from cd’s (how I have been storing my stuff), to external hard drives, always to more than one. As they grow old and entropy sets in, it all gets moved again. It takes a lot of time, but the machines do the work, and I get busy doing other things.

I’m just saying…

Aren’t selfies good enough?

Sometimes selfies are a great way to record things as they happen every day.
More often, having a professional photographer record the truly important
events in a family’s history guarantees that those images will be there for a
long, long time. Portraits of graduates, birthdays, engagements, weddings, anniversaries,
promotions, births, grandparents, parents, husbands and wives, children, and pets, when
captured by a pro photographer, will provide a great visual record of a family history when a
“selfie” just isn’t quite good enough

Why Professional Photographs?
Photographs of your family are a fantastic way to keep the history of your family
and have been since the mid-19th century. Styles of photographs have changed
mightily over the last 165 years or so with the technology now available to the photographer.

Lifestyles have gone through super changes as well. Being able to see photographs as
your family grows and changes creates triggers that bring back a whole collection of
memories of times and places and events in a family’s history, all of which might otherwise
just disappear forever.

Here is a piece by Hank Blank, and if you don’t know him, or at least of him, well
… here he is!

Once you’ve read this article, feel free to stroll through the rest of this site and think about what Hank has had to say.

Job Hunting in Two Different Worlds.

November 13, 2011 — Hank Blank

A friend of mine who is in sales got a job offer this week. She was very happy. She got the job because of two reasons; relationships and Linkedin.
Oh of course she has many other skills that got her the job but the relationship and Linkedin were pivotal. The last time this person found a job was by responding to an ad posted in a newspaper twelve years ago in the
Old Normal.
Another friend of mine is in sales and recently lost their job. They were living in the Old Normal and were suddenly launched into a new and uncomfortable world called the New Normal.
They had less than 10 connections on Linkedin, an incomplete profile and no recommendations.
They were not alone. Many people who work for companies not engaged in social networking often are also not engaged with the personal marketing tools of the New Normal. I have blogged about this before.
The friend of mine who got the job this week really leveraged the power of Linkedin. The first thing she did was hire a professional photographer and had a number of photos taken in an office environment. She got photographed in a variety of outfits so she would be able to pick the very best one. It shows her in a Boardroom setting. She looks very professional, polished and like a business leader one would want to hire. My other friend has no picture on their Linkedin page. They were invisible.
The friend of mine who got the job this week had many recommendations from previous clients on her Linkedin profile. Former customers became her references. High level people don’t recommend people publically unless they believe in their capabilities. After all they have their reputation to protect. The other friend of mine had no recommendations on their Linkedin profile.
The friend of mine who got the job found that recruiters were always checking out her Linkedin page. She regularly sent them invites to connect on Linkedin and they responded. They were chasing her as she had adjusted to the New Normal.
My other friend in the Old Normal sent out e mails to his associates asking for a list of recruiters that they could chase.
I continue to be surprised by how many people remain in the Old Normal. This recession started in 2007 the same year the iPhone was introduced and let many people in transition continue to have an extremely weak presence on Linkedin. Why are they not listening? What do they not believe? They certainly don’t need more pain. The time to change has long passed.
Congratulations to my friend in the New Normal. Please wake up my friends in the Old Normal.
Hank Blank speaks to companies and organizations on How to Rise Above the Crowd. You can check him out by doing a Google search on Hank Blank or visiting his site at