Family Photos

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    Jun 02, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    Do you guys keep family photos in your place? Mom, siblings, etc.
    I've never kept any. Hope that isn't crummy of me. However I do speak with them on the phone often.
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    Jun 02, 2012 6:41 PM GMT
    I think Facebook is fucking people over from having any legit Family photo books anymore.
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    Jun 02, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
    True, but people tend to take more pictures and it's easier to share.
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    Jun 02, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    I display original antique family photos from the 1840s through the 1950s (in period-appropriate frames, natch), with a sprinkling of contemporary photos thrown in so the place doesn't look like a mausoleum. All my other relatives display only fairly recent photos but I feel that there are enough photos of them floating about on Facebook alone whereas if I didn't put out those of my dead relatives they'd be forgotten. Guests are, surprisingly, always fascinated with them and ask who everyone in the old photos are, and real estate brokers who usually advise sellers to put away family photos to genericize spaces always told me to leave them out (presumably since old family photos are more relatable). Of course, sometimes it backfires. I had a contractor work for me for months and when I asked him to be careful with an oval portrait of my grandmother as a child he said "You mean you're related to all these people? I thought you were some weirdo who collected photos of dead strangers!" So mom and sis are very much in evidence - as children.
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    Jun 02, 2012 8:21 PM GMT
    "I thought you were some weirdo who collected photos of dead strangers!"

    That would be me, though I don't have them out in frames. Sometimes when I'm at antique stores I go throught the piles of old photos and pick out the most fascinating ones, color or b&w. Interesting looking people, moments in time. I like to consider it saving them from being forgotten. Scary to think we're all going to end in a pile of photos at some antique shop some day.

    I think I'll work on putting some family photos out as well. I've been feeling guilty about it and wondering if there's some subconscious reason I haven't done so already.
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    Jun 03, 2012 12:25 AM GMT
    I've got some in my apartment. A few years ago I went through a phase of thinking my apartment lacked any warmth because I didn't have anything like that. So I've got pictures of family and friends around the place and I like it icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 03, 2012 12:34 AM GMT
    Dad was into 8mm & photography (we had a darkroom in the house when I was a kid) and my stepdad was into videography, so I have lots photos going back to probably the early 1900s and family film going back to probably the early 1950s.

    Stepdad put dad's 8mm onto VHS so between my original family and then life with stepdad, I've got more than 60 cassettes to digitize.

    By the time my niece & nephews are my age, they'll have about 150 years of photographs and a 100 years of film. These kids kind of got ripped off in the grandparent department being born to my brother late in his life. So though mom was great to them as little kids, they only remember her with Alzheimers at the end of her life.

    But with all the video of my mom, they will know their grandmother as I know her, laughing and enjoying life. Instead of having just their memories of their grandmother, they will have my memories of my mom. And even their children will know my mother's voice.

    I have only my grandparents action on film but not their voice. My parents do not even have their grandparents on video at all. So this is very new in civilization, that we would know the sound of the voice and the actual movements and an animated sense of the interactions of our ancestors.
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    Jun 03, 2012 12:39 AM GMT
    I do, have a wall at one of my houses. From top to bottom with all kind of photos, from small, big, crazy, fun, etc...the wall is like 20x8 fill with photos!
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    Jun 03, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
    eagermuscle said...whereas if I didn't put out those [old photos] of my dead relatives they'd be forgotten.

    Helios69 saidSometimes when I'm at antique stores I go throught the piles of old photos and pick out the most fascinating ones, color or b&w. Interesting looking people, moments in time. I like to consider it saving them from being forgotten.

    There's a scene in this great seventies low budget horror film called "Let's Scare Jessica to Death" (when I first saw it at 12 I thought it was stupid, at a recent screening, genius) where a friend said "That's so you." It was the scene where Jessica is doing headstone rubbings (wax paper rub stencils) so that the people wouldn't be forgotten.