From a family historians point of view, taking a photo a day and journalling about it on a digital page, is just a transition from days of writing a daily diary. I’ve tried to do this in the past, write daily that is, however I was never consistent. Life got busy and even though I could have written something each night before retiring, sometimes is was just too hard and I would flop into bed. However, I do have some of my diaries and find some of the things I wrote, quite fascinating and revealing!
Now I have a digital camera, Memory Manager and Storybook Creator, there is no reason why I can’t create a digital version of a daily diary. If only I had photos to go with some of the comments in my great grandfather’s diary. Or even that of my father. I do have photos, lots in fact. More of course for my dad’s era. He was a jolly fellow and everyone was always snapping shots of him. In the early years, many of these photos are in black & white or sepia. So even if there were photos to go with the stories, can you imagine the sun ripened crops at harvesting, the prized geraniums at the local show and even the colour of that brilliant fleece from the prized merino ram. Yes, I’m a cockies daughter, ie a farmers daughter (you might want to Google where the nickname comes from.) We are lucky now to have such great technology in our digital cameras to be able to provide our future generations with a snapshot of our daily lives and in colour, or even in technicolour if you have a video on your camera.
I got off to a good start at the beginning of 2011 and then I ran out of things to take photos of. I mean, how can I take a photo when I’m driving to work? And it’s not the done thing to take a photo at work either, where I spend a lot of my time! And that walk around the block? Urgh, grey roads, other people’s houses and gardens and just as grey a footpath. There was just nothing to take photos of. I have no kids at home, just hubby and me… but wait….the trouble with me is, I don’t look around. I don’t see things around me. I’m more of a people person, I take photos of events, my children, grandchildren, friends. So to take photos of objects, hasn’t really come into my photography world, except when I was travelling and I would take photos of buildings, landscapes etc. However, I can see by looking at the pages from those who took part in the Day2Day event for 2011, that objects can still be part of your Day2Day life. The food we eat, I would have loved to have seen photos of nanna’s home made fig jam ( I remember it bubbling away on the stove); the golden wheat crops at harvest, Dad was always telling us about how many bags of wheat they harvested that year; the bright coloured oranges, there are orange trees still on the old family farm that my great grandfather planted; a wedding dress, I wonder what the colour of my great grandmothers dress was. I know from a description in the local paper, that my mother’s going away outfit was bottle green, her mother’s dress was navy blue while her mother in law’s was rust coloured. At least I have that description to visualise with!
What I have been doing this past week (thankfully we had a weeks holiday from work during the Christmas/New Year break), I was able to go into my Memory Vault in Memory Manager, select My Media Library and 2011 on the Timeline to see that I had taken photos, lots of them, throughout the year. Not every day and not always of objects, many of people, places I’d visited, special occasions I’d attended. Even if you never sort your photos into Sort Boxes or Folders, at least with the Timeline, you can find all your photos from a particular year, month or right down to the day it was taken. I do use Sort Boxes and Folders and I drop photos into as many folders as I can. Memory Manager is great for this, as each photo is only in there once, and tagged many times.
So while I’m working daily with 2012 Day2Day photos, I will be putting my 2011 selected photos on to pages for printing. I will probably do 12×12 page prints, as I like to show them off in my Everyday Display, then I can insert them into photo albums. Then again, I might change my mind and do them in a 12×12 Storybook. It’s ok, because I can import the pages into a Storybook later and create the cover then. Today I went through my list of fonts, yes, I have hundreds, and I chose a few, not many to start with and I’ll try and keep the pages fairly consistent and stay with the one colour theme. I like the black classy look as that will also allow for the detail of my photos and journalling to stand out. When I journal, I’ll do whatever my mood tells me. Sometimes I’ll write lots, if there is a story to tell, otherwise I may just use one or two words. It doesn’t matter, it’s my album and there are no rules.
I’m really excited about joining in with the pixels2Pages.net – Day2Day project and with the 500 Day2Day photo ideas, the tips on photography, and the facebook page to keep me motivated, I know I can do it better this year. Are you going to join me?
Here are a few black & white & sepia photos plus a selection of diary pages from my gr grandfather, my father and my own diary from 1996.
1. My dad in the orange orchard getting sprayed by the leaking tap. 2. Imagine the golden colour of that crop, now harvested. 3. What colour was my great grandmother’s wedding dress? This is their wedding photo. 4. My gt grandfather’s diary of 1908. 5. Dad’s diary of 1997. 6. My diary of 1996.