We have been seduced by convenience. Digital technology, cloud storage, and instant communications are addictive. But the promise of the quick, the easy, the pervasive is not free. The cost is hidden but enormous.
I have boxes full of photographs, slides, and negatives I created as early as the late 1970s. I have photographs which significantly predate me. I have photographs of my parents as young children. These archives sit quietly in a box in the basement. They are neither evading me nor evolving. If I want to I can put my hands on them with certainty. On the other hand, I have lost thousands of digital photographs. And yes, I have a back-up system but it seems I am destined to lose all my digital photographs one day.
I use typewriters to create physical documents, to produce permanence, not to replace my digital documents but to complement them. I believe simple, tangible paper documents will outlive my cloud storage. I am experimenting with film photography for the first time in decades to see if it can complement my digital photography and help me achieve permanence with my graphic art. Time will tell but I think the cost in time, deliberation, and resources will be worth the investment.