Ink & Images helps you preserve your stories and photos.
Everybody has stories to tell. Your stories tell who you are. Telling our stories builds stronger connections between people. They give us touchpoints, and help us understand and appreciate each other better. Telling our stories can help us seeourselves in new ways, make sense of our own lives, give us direction, and evenpeace. Ink & Images helps you preserve your stories and photos not only for posterity, but to help deepen your connections with your family and friends now.
Whether your aim is managing photos, telling your stories, or preserving your family history, Ink & Images can help.
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As discussed in a previous post, there are many benefits to scanning your photo collection. If you’re considering taking on this project, or seeking help getting it done, you’ve probably got some questions about the process. Today’s post is about clearing up …Continue reading →
Those boxes of prints, old slide carousels, even folders full of your children’s artwork — they’re taking up valuable space! We’ll help you get them scanned, organized, and safely stored, so you can enjoy them now, share them with others, and know that they’ll be preserved for years to come.
“Digitize” simply means making a digital version of an object or image. Photographs can be digitized using a variety of different kinds of scanners. Many people have home printers capable of scanning images, making it possible for folks to digitize all their print images. However, it’s time consuming, and your home printer may or may not scan at a high enough resolution to do justice to your photos.
Admittedly, it’s taken us some time to embrace this platform. Like many people, we are concerned about the spread of false rumors and malicious stories that social media makes so easy. But then, there social media offers some great benefits too: connecting with others, finding long-lost friends, staying in touch with busy family members, seeing what the grandkids are up to.
Some people seem to be natural organizers: they know where things ought to go, and they put them there, seemingly without even thinking about it. I am not one of those people. I like my things to be organized, but I have to work at getting — and keeping them — that way.
For years, my photos were all over the place. Prints were stacked in a box and stuffed in a closet; slides were in slide trays and plastic sleeves in a notebook, in slide boxes, and in shoeboxes; digital photos were on CDs, phones, computers, and old devices that I no longer knew how to work. I’m saying this publicly so that you can be assured: I will never judge you for the state of your photo collection.
Last night I was lucky enough to be among the 180 people attending the sold-out performance by Hawktail (with River Ducks contributing a stellar opening act) at the FAR Gallery in Bloomington. This was the first show in the newly renovated space, and the first in the Hand Picked Music Series, showcasing “crossover” bands in this intimate setting. The space was beautiful, and the show was amazing. I could go on about the unique style of the music and each player’s astounding skill, but you’d get a better idea of that by finding them on YouTube — or, better yet, go see them in person if you get the chance.
One of the many “bonuses” of going to see this show was the opportunity to walk through the FAR Gallery’s current exhibit, “Somewhere Along the Line,” featuring photographs by Joshua Dudley Greer. The photos are captivating, not necessarily because they show stunning landscapes or grand architecture, but because they focus on ordinary places that we typically pay no attention to. The curator, Lisa Woodward, put it this way: “How might we best explore the current state of America? For Greer, the answer was to travel and observe the whole vast and varied thing from the unromanticized vantage of the Interstate.”
If you’re like most of us, your photos are stuffed in boxes in the closet, or drawers in the guest room, or in dusty albums somewhere in your childhood home. You’ve probably got thousands of pictures on your phone, and thousands more on the phone you replaced a couple years ago, not to mention that old laptop that’s probably still running Windows Vista, if it runs at all. Maybe you inherited your family’s slide collection — but not the projector or screen that would make it possible for you to view the images they hold.
If any of those scenarios sound familiar, we’re here to help. Whether you just want some guidance getting started or want to hand over the whole project, we can help you get the job done so that you can have the peace of mind knowing that your photos are safe, organized in ways that you can find them, ready to display and/or share with others. Your photos should be a source of joy and connection, not anxiety and frustration. Contact us today!