Ever since I can remember, I loved going through boxes of photographs at relatives’ houses. Opening the lid to the box and smelling the age, picking up a stack of photos that was so thick, your hands hurt from holding them, and flipping through to see people you’ve never met at places you’ve never been took me to a place, mentally, that few other activities were able to. (Undiagnosed ADHD?)
In the last decade, digital cameras have become far more accessible and affordable. Social media and the Internet has made it possible for people to share photos of themselves and their friends for everyone and their mother to see instantaneously. (Adding your mom on Facebook can prove to be a bad idea.) While Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest make it possible to have personalized visual stimulation at your convenience, the switch from film to digital photographs has taken the tangibility out of how many people view photography, art, and memories. (IG, you know I still love you.)
These next few crafts will help you bring some physicality back to the way you view and share photographs while giving you a creative outlet. (There is a cure!)
What is your favorite photograph you have and how would you want to frame it?