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Lucy Corkhill

By Lucy Corkhill

22nd July 2019

Any national week with the aim of ‘Making the Nation Happier’ gets my vote! Running from 22nd - 28th July, National Photo Week urges you to Find 5, Share 5 and Take 5.

Lucy Corkhill

By Lucy Corkhill

22nd July 2019

Lucy Corkhill

By Lucy Corkhill

22nd July 2019

That means seeking out five favourite old photos and sharing them with friends and family, and taking five new ones. People take a LOT of photos these days. My phone is jam-packed with them, I literally have to delete photos to take new ones now.

Our computer is heaving with photo files. But how often do we share them? Or even – crazy thought – print them out?! I recently had a beautiful picture of my nieces printed out on poster-board to hang in our kitchen – and their smiling faces light up my morning. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for years (they’re about 6 and 8 years old in the photo and now teenagers).

National Photo Week asks ‘are we making the most of our photos?’. Quite probably not. Most of them are lying dormant on phones, cameras and computers. Amazingly, approximately 3.5 trillion photographs have been taken since the invention of the camera and, if they were all stacked up, they pile would stretch 553,000 miles! That’s more than once to the Moon and back again!

With 380 billion photos taken each year, the total number of photos taken is expected to double in the next decade. National Photo Week’s campaign is suggesting you root out the best and make the most of them. A special photo can bring us enormous pleasure, as memories and sensations are triggered by looking at them. And recording family moments now will bring them all rushing back in years to come when you flick through your favourite photos.

One thing I will be aiming to do this National Photo Week is print out some of the best of the many, many photos we have and put them in albums. I used to love looking through old albums belonging to my grandparents and parents, and there’s something about the tangibility of a book that makes it more of a special, shared activity.

So, why not visit the National Photo Week website and enjoy finding, sharing and taking photos. Happy snapping!

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