26 Mar Don’t forget your FRAMES!
No, I don’t mean your glasses… they are probably on top of your head!
I am talking about photos that are in FRAMES!
Take a look around your home. Do you have photos in frames on display?
In Australia we are lucky enough to live in sun drenched homes with lots of beautiful natural light. Whilst great for our melatonin production and certainly a gorgeous design feature, this same light can be very harsh and damaging for framed prints especially on your walls in direct sun.
Take time to do a quick inventory, that photo of your mum and dad’s wedding; is it an original? Are there any other copies? Those school photos from your own childhood, are any of the spares still able to be located?
Firstly we want to congratulate you on having photos IN your life! We love that you are displaying photos in your home. But what would happen in an emergency situation? We don’t want you to be at risk of having the ONLY copy of your favourite pictures damaged or possibly gone for good.
You might even want to consider taking the same inventory in your workplace. Depending on your field of work there could be any number of historical images on display. You could be the company hero if you are the one to ensure that these precious originals are properly preserved. Although it could be opening a Pandora’s Box trying to find the right decision maker (consider yourself warned)!
Back to your place. As you take your tour you might notice that the glass has become stuck to the photos or there could be evidence of moisture or mould. These things can cause irreparable damage to precious originals.
Our advice is for you to get those photos out of the frames and have them scanned. You can bet your bottom dollar that a museum will have carefully preserved copies of original paintings and photographs and for you, your personal collection is just as precious. You are the curator of your personal family museum. Take it slowly, be careful and if in doubt get a professional in to help!
By scanning the original you we will able to add it to your regular backup workflow and ensure that these most important images are protected and preserved.