We live in a predominantly virtual world where much of our life exists online. We chat with friends online, as well as making new friends. Communication is often via text or DM. We capture the moments of our lives on our smartphone and share them via social networks. Videos are uploaded to YouTube. And this is all great. The online world enriches our lives in so many ways. It connects us and allows us to share our lives and memories in a way that wasn’t possible until recently.
It’s also good to unplug every now and again and connect with our offline lives. It occurred to me the other day that I have taken several thousand photographs over the last few years. And yet I have very few physical photos to look at. I spent an afternoon going through my digital folders and picking images to print. I now have a stack of them and am looking at ways to display them creatively. I thought I’d share a few of my ideas.
But first things first. Smartphones are great and they have the benefit of always being handy. I take mine everywhere. I never the leave the house with it. But to do your photos justice invest in a good quality camera like the Canon EOS 7D. It will serve you well.
Create a Visual Journal
Journaling has become popular in the last few years. It’s a cross between scrapbooking and keeping a diary. Anything goes and there are no rules. You can cut out magazine pics and paste them in. Or, you can incorporate your artwork if you’re feeling creative. It’s your journal and so do what feels right for you.
I like to incorporate my photographs into my journal. I combine them with paints and glitter and write scraps of memories and quotations. It’s extremely therapeutic and always a joy to look back on. Find more inspiration here.
Create a Photo Collage
The thing about photo collages or focus walls is that they are so personal. Again, there are no rules. You don’t have to follow any color trends. Just mix and match your framed photos with pictures and ornaments. If your style is minimal, then keep things simple. If you’re a collector and have more eclectic tastes, then this is an opportunity to show your creative side. Add a little color by color blocking your frames.
Photographs look great when printed on stretch canvas. It brings them to life and turns them into a piece of art. Go one step further by combining them with your artwork. Introduce paints or quotations. If you’re more digitally-minded, then use photo editing software to create the images before printing. The results are striking and unique.
However you decide to display them, your photos represent you and your memories. They are little pieces of your life captured in a fraction of a second. Don’t just leave them on your camera or smartphone. Let them live again.