Photographs all eventually become damaged, and the addition of digital photography is a relatively new thing. It wasn’t until recently that storing photos could mean on a hard drive or usb stick, and even if this is the preferred message, having a hard copy of the images is still probably advisable, and you will likely still have a lot of photos floating around from years gone by. Most of us have a cupboard or drawer somewhere in the home full of prints and even negatives from film cameras, but they aren’t just prints, they are our memories, and for something to happen to them would be a terrible shame.
Photos will naturally degrade slowly over time, but there are also things they can be exposed to that can make it worse. Imagine a flood within your home damaging all of your pictures, mice getting to your storage and chewing up your pictures, even hot or cold weather can do damage to your photos. On top of that, just being out of proper protective covers can speed up the ageing process of your pictures and lead to discoloration or damage.
So how do we avoid damage to our photographs? As briefly mentioned, storing in proper, good quality frames which are as airtight as possible, and in plastic page protectors or even within specifically made albums which are PVC free and designed specifically to avoid any damage, can be a good way to ensure your images are protected, but there is only so much you can do, and there is always a chance images can still be damaged.
If you are unfortunate enough to get an image damaged, don’t worry too much, as you can use photo restoration in order to get your images back to their former beauty. The process involves creating a digital copy of an image and editing it within software. This can be tricky if done on your own, but there are professionals out there doing an excellent job, and can be sent the pictures before providing an enhanced or repaired copy back. This is also amazing if you happen to find some old pictures around from your elders within the family, or you just have beloved images which have become tatty or damaged in your purse, for instance. The process has been made a lot more simple in the digital age and photos you may have once thought you’d never get back to their former glory are being restored all the time, with some experts being able to repair fade, tears, mold and all sorts of damage images can receive over time. Even if you have a small section of an image missing they can sometimes still be fixed with modern technology!
Photographs are something to treasure, and every family has a huge amount of them in their home somewhere, many of which can’t be replaced, and are even of relatives that have passed on, repairing the images and keeping them for future generations is vital, and more easily done than ever before.