by Wendy Dessler
Everyone looks back fondly on the past and the memories they have made with friends, family, and others. While memories are great, there are some things we might eventually forget or might become a little cloudy in our minds. As a result, many of us cherish the pictures from our childhood or the ones taken as we were growing up.
Unfortunately, many photographs will fade and deteriorate over time. Even if they don’t, the photo itself will likely become damaged or bent. It can be heartbreaking to lose old photos, which sometimes might be your only keepsakes of a specific person or time. Thankfully, there are some ways to store these old photos and preserve the memories. This article is going to take a look at a few of them.
One of the best ways to keep old photos safe and secure, no matter what, is to digitize them. This essentially means scanning the old photos into digital versions to keep them from getting bent, wrecked, or lost. These can then be kept on a computer, or used in digital photo albums or in a variety of other ways. They will not fade over time and will be easy to store, organize, and search through.
While this might seem cumbersome if you have a large collection, companies like EverPresent specialize in the digitization of photos and can help. They use high-quality equipment to make sure that your photos look as good as ever. Instead of them residing in old boxes or photo albums, they can sit safely on high-quality storage drives, and look good for years to come and be viewed in seconds.
Keep Them in a Dark Place
If you don’t want to digitize your photos, it is important to keep them in a dark place. The reason for this is because that light can lead to photos fading quickly. Light can alter and affect the chemicals in photos, thus changing how they look. The ink is often light-absorbing, so when light is absorbed into the photo, the chemical bond of the dye in the photos will break down, and thus the colors will fade.
While it might not be possible to have a room be completely dark all of the time, you could store them in a box or folder that is tucked away and safe from the light. Also, when storing photographs, it is a good idea to make sure they can stay flat. This will keep them in the best condition possible and limit their ability to bend.
The Room Should Have Temperature and Moisture Control
While the room should be dark, not any dark room will do. The room should also have limited moisture and be a cooler room. Moisture, whether it from flooding/water or even just humidity, can damage your prints. As a result, you should avoid keeping photos in a basement in most cases. As for temperature, excessive heat (generally over 75 degrees), can lead to discoloration in your photos.
The cooler and drier the room, the better your photos will be preserved over time in most cases. In addition, it’s also a good idea to store the pictures in a room with a bit of ventilation. The circulating air can prevent mold and other substances that could hurt the quality of the photo.
In conclusion, we hope that this article has been able to help you learn some great ways to store, protect, and preserve your old photos and the memories associated with them. If you have any additional thoughts of your own to add, let us know in the comments section below!