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interview with veterans at our local Veterans Hospital/Retirement Community

Yesterday I had the honor to interview three of our veterans at our local Veterans Hospital/Retirement Community. I know it meant a half-day out of the studio, but it was worth it. We interviewed three individual that served in WWII. One was a Mobile Hospital Nurse; she served in the continental US, Hawaii, and Europe. She remained on active duty until she was forced to retire. She turned 91 this month. The second was station in Europe and served in the Artillery Division. The third was stationed in the continental US and served as a Supply Officer. It was amazing how clear their memories and stories were. I plan to use parts of the interview in a piece I am doing on Rolling Thunder – Run for the Wall.

I purchased a Go-Pro camera for my helmet to capture video during the ride and Trudy will video the ride from various locations in route. I will join the Southern Group on Monday in Tallulah LA and ride with them to Meridian MS. This is my third time to ride this section of the Southern Route and each time I am impressed with the structure of the ride, honored to be part of this ride, and proud of the Mississippians and their show of patriotism for our service men, both here and abroad.

More to come.


Why Do My Photographs Deteriorate? (Continue)

Photos and home movies are deteriorating for a number of reasons and there’s only one thing you can do about it. To guarantee your family’s archive of captured memories is preserved, they need to be archived digitally. One of the best reasons to convert your old photos, negatives, slides, videos and reel to reel film to digital format is to prevent the natural decaying process from stealing your favorite memories away from you. There are many reasons for the deterioration of those materials, but the primary factors include poor environmental conditions, inferior storage containers, and the deterioration of the actual chemical composition of the photographic or film materials.

Poor environmental conditions frequently occur in most homes and storage areas. The evil culprits are present every day: humidity, temperature and light. High humidity causes materials to become stick together due to the moisture whereas low humidity causes cracks and curls. High temperatures and visible light from sunlight and lamps also speed up the rate of deterioration. Even air pollution can cause the degradation of materials. Insufficient storage solutions often play a role in the deterioration of photographic and home movie material. Even the best storage options can be affected by temperature, light, and humidity. In addition, the acid from old photo albums alone can eat away at your memories. Storage areas also tend to be susceptible to insects and rodents who can damage your photos.

Environmental and storage factors aside, the stability of the chemical composition can also fade with time. Black and white negatives and prints use fairly stable silver halide. However, over time and in less than ideal conditions, the papers will yellow along with the gelatin matrix that makes up the image. If the image was not properly developed, that once crisp image can develop a metallic blur. Color images fair even worse off as the chromomeric dye color is not stable over time. The balances of old color photographs also change because the three different dyes that were used to print originally deteriorate at different rates. New ink jet prints and photographic processes are seeing better results, but as this technology is relatively young it has yet to stand the test of time.

So, the bottom line is that unless you have properly stored your professionally developed photos in non-corrosive, non-combustible, acid-free containers in a dark room with the proper humidity, away from insects, rodents, and dust making sure they were not too tight and not too loose, your images will deteriorate. Even if you go through these procedures, which hinder your ability to actually enjoy the images, your images may deteriorate anyway. There are a number of ways to help slow down the process, but the best way to guarantee your images are preserved is to digitally archive your images. We will not only preserve your images in their current state, but will also optimize your photos to reverse a little bit of that aging process.

Why Do My Photographs Deteriorate?

Photo prints, slides, and negatives are made by using chemicals and chemical dyes that are sensitive to light, moisture, and changes in temperature. Over time, these chemicals degrade and the image starts fading away, turning yellow, and it frequently develops cracks.  In addition, dust, oil, dirt, and some gases also contribute to picture deterioration. Rest assured that anything film or paper based would deteriorate over time. A proper storage environment or digital archrival is the best defense against deterioration. For more information on digital archrival, visit our web pag

In my next post I will explain what happens and how to protect your photographs.


Should I remove my photographs from old albums?

Good Morning World, it kinds of reminds me of the Robin Williams movie where he was a radio announcer and opens with “GOOD MORNING Vietnam” and the “I love the smell of Napalm in the morning” comments.  I think they were metaphors for a hectic lifestyle. Well it’s kind of been one of those mornings. We have been very busy and the phone has been ringing off the hook, this is good of course. We have two potential photo archrival jobs, yep. We’re talking thousands of pictures. So this gave me this inspiration for my Blog today..

 Should I remove my photographs from old albums?



Don’t rush to remove photographs from albums just because you think the album is not “archival”. Many older albums with black, gray or colored paper actually may not be harming your photographs while removal may cause immediate damage that is not easily repaired! In addition, older family heirloom albums frequently have valuable inscriptions and a character all their own that would be lost by replacement with a modern album. People sometimes erroneously assume that damage they see is caused by the paper when in fact the damage occurred years ago. For example, stains and fading (especially on black-and-white photos) can be the result of poor processing by the photographer or the glues originally used to spot adhere the photos to the pages. Very little can be done to reverse the damage in these situations. However, some album page papers, even different types of photos or poorly processed photos, or previous tape mends which are in contact with photos on adjacent pages, may be contributing to fading or staining. One simple solution is to interleave those pages with these problems using high quality paper or plastic sheets to isolate each page from its neighbor. Care should be taken so that the album doesn’t become overstuffed with the interleaving, possibly breaking the binding. If the photos really are deteriorating and you choose to have the album disassembled to ensure their preservation, photocopies in color or black-and-white can be made of each page to capture the look and feel of the original, preserve all inscriptions, and keep a record of the order in the album.