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    • Lately I have been reorganizing my old negatives into new binders. I'm adding new pages of negatives to binders every month too. I can't help but to think about what's going to happen to them when I'm gone.

      I'm not a famous photographer, and I probably never will be. I'm ok with that, but I am certainly attached to my old film.

      I don't have kids or much family left to give a damn about my work, so what's the use?
      Perhaps I should pull a Brett Weston and just set them ablaze on my 80th birthday.

      It just seems fitting.

    • A good question.

      Like you, I have hundreds of feet of Tri-X negatives - mostly shot in the 1960s->1980s, a fair number shot underwater, that I keep for some reason, although I know of no one who is interested in them in the slightest.

      Maybe a bonfire is a good idea after one last persual to see if I missed one that deserved to be scanned digitally back at the turn of the century, when I originally converted most of my film images to scans of some sort. I'll have to consider this again.

      I just remembered that I used to have some macro shots ( negatives ) of Craspedacusta sowerbii - a fresh water jelly fish - somewhere. I should look for them. -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craspedacusta_sowerbii

    • I went over to friends place. And I got to see pictures his grandfather too in the 50s Minnesota. There were so many negatives and slides, it was really interesting.

    • I inherited a huge trunk of negatives, prints, 16mm film, newspaper clippings and letters from my grandfather. I simply sent it away to ScanDigital in maybe 5 different shipments and got CDs back. I spent a fair amount of time organizing them into galleries on SmugMug and have been surprised over the years how many people enjoyed them, extended family I didn't even know we had.

      Now I've uploaded them all to Google Photos because the facial recognition is amazing and I can search for photos by faces. I refer back to them a lot more than I ever thought I would.

    • We weren't really a picture family, I have a few fro my parents, who are gone now. Oddly, I didn't really take a lot of family pictures myself.. I do most of my own scanning. There is something great about old family pictures.

    • Chris MacAskill

      Okay, that's just crazy! I can't imagine the emotions that go on when you do that.

      The most heartbreaking story I've ever heard is when Jaques Lowe, the photographer with 40,000 negatives of the Kennedys, the man who helped create the Kennedy legend, decided he had to preserve his life's work in the safest vault on earth. So he chose the vault of JP Morgan, underground, impregnable, climate-controlled, in a safe no one could get inside.

      6 months after he died, two planes flew into the World Trade Center where the vault was, and his life's work was turned to ash.

      His daughter did everything possible to restore them, but it wasn't possible because they were ash. However, she found contact sheets in another location and years later was able to restore 1500 amazing images.

    • I’ve never given it much thought either. I do think that you should at minimum scan your negatives and at best print and sign your very best. Who knows how many gems you have there. Your post reminds me of that Vivian Maier story. I would hope you’d reconsider talking a torch to all those beautiful moments 🙏🏿📸

      This is one of my favorite film scans.

    • Isn't it amazing how film really is best for creating legacies. The medium lasts a long time, so long it outlasts us. There are film loving communities around maybe they would love to see your work :)

    • donating to an art studio? give others the opportunity to use them to be creative in the future?

    • Black and white prints made of silver salts will last a very long time ( at least 50 - 100 years ) if stored properly and kept dry and out of light.

      However, traditional darkroom color prints will fare very poorly over time, fading within a few decades or more.

      A quality ink jet color print, with archival pigment inks, on archival paper, should last for at least a hundred years or more if cared for properly.

    • Most consider film to be best for archival. For instance Motion pictures are even archived on film but are distributed and projected digitally.

      It is amazing looking at prints though. I was at a gallery that had some from the 30’s if I recall correctly. Some were also printed in the eighties from a negative that was from the 30’s.

    You've been invited!