Digital minimalism is something that often crops up in our discussions at Leeds Minimalist Group. From over-flowing work emails to managing important documents without forgetting a myriad of different passwords, there are many frustrations that we all share. One of my worst problems with digital minimalism is photographs.
The onset of digital photography means that I take masses more photos than I used to. When each shot meant the use of one valuable exposure on a roll of film, or one Polaroid, I was definitely more frugal with my output. Now, each click of the shutter button merely means a bit of digital space is taken up and I’ve ended up with thousands of photos, some of them pretty much indistinguishable from each other! Then, all of those images are stored in iPhoto or Dropbox. Now I’m getting emails; your iCloud storage is at capacity, your Dropbox storage is at capacity—BUY MORE STORAGE!
But actually what needs to happen is a photo cull. A giant clear-out of all those duplicate images and the removal of any that don’t make the grade. My photography is about capturing memories and telling stories. And the most important of those are with with my children. I tend not to use photos of them here because it’s not really what my blog is about, but they are at the heart of my life and the photos of them are the ones that matter the most.
So I’m deleting all my duplicates, all the photos that are meaningless, badly taken, or don’t add anything to the story of my life and then I’m celebrating the ones that do by printing off hard copies. Acquiring more stuff might seen to be the antitheses of minimalism, but for me it’s absolutely right. Minimalism is about only keeping the things that you love, so I was really happy to try HuggleUp’s photo printing service. It is exactly what I was looking for—a chance to print some of my favourite photos of the kids to display in our home instead of leaving them to gather ‘virtual dust’ on my laptop.
I chose the the square photos, and they’re utterly lovely. Printed on good quality, almost matte card, they’re sturdy and charming. Alongside the square prints that I chose, HuggleUp also produce polaroid shaped photos, mini photos and magnets. I do love the thought of getting some of my photos as magnets. You can choose photos from your computer, Instagram or Facebook account and order via their website or phone App, which I used.
They’ve also just launched HuggleBot, which works in your Facebook account using a clever new bit of technology to help you send out a little personalised gift to your closest family and friends on a special occasion. This is such a great idea. I’m awful at remembering to send birthday cards and sending a special photo-based gift would be a lovely gesture. And, because HuggleBot won’t post on your Facebook wall, all your loved ones will just think you’re super-duper organised!
I’ve really enjoyed clearing out my photos and starting to think about projects for displaying them in my home. Now I’ve started, I’m going to make sure to keep to my new minimalist good habits, only storing the photos I love and making the most of displaying my favourites…
How do you manage your photos? Have you created any brilliant photo projects? Do you print hard copies? I’d love to know! Share your projects in the comments below…
With thanks to HuggleUp for the photograph printing.