I love photographs. The most important finds for me in my genealogy research aside from supporting documents are treasured photographs.
Perhaps this stems from my own fascination with photography. I’ve been an avid amateur photographer for as long as I can remember.
When I think back on it, I’m pretty sure my fascination with the art started in about grade 8 when I photographed local flowers for a school project. I received very positive feedback from the man running the audio visual department when he was helping me with the equipment.
He told me that my images were pretty close to ‘professional’ quality.
My hobby progressed through the years until the mid-80’s when I purchased developing equipment to try my hand at developing and printing my own color photographs.
This ended in 1986 when my rental duplex burned to the ground. I lost everything including my own photographs. What was worse was that I had also lost a two cube box of family slides and photographs I had borrowed from my parents in order to print some.
We will never get those photos back and it hurts every time I think about it.
Every time I see news footage of people who have gone through losing their homes, whether by fire, flood or act of nature, I’m struck by those whose first reaction is to seek out treasured photos only to be disappointed by their condition.
There is hope now for those damaged photographs.
Although many family photographs and keepsakes are permanently lost, many more are partially damaged by damp, mildew and dirt.
It is wonderful to know that there is hope for these damaged photographs. The right professional with the right skill can restore photographs to close to their original state.
I for one, and as a matter of fact anyone with the interest to learn, frequently repair photos myself digitally.
What a fun and satisfying sideline for a genealogist!