Our photos and documents are precious and valuable and yet many of us do not back them up securely either at home or in the "cloud". But can we really trust the cloud services that are available to the average user?
Managing all the photos we take these days is hard. Managing the photos we took before digital and all the images our parents and grandparents took is harder. We need to find the time and energy to review and preserve the images we want to keep now so that it doesn't become a burden for others later.
As a photographer I was totally attracted to my parents collection of Silverplate. So much so I turned it into a photo project called Refections. You can see more of the group here. But as I worked on this project and kept finding more and more, I wondered if there were more houses like ours, brimming with Silverplate that looks great on a shelf but is seldom used.
On my reading list this month is the book The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson. As harsh as that term seem to us in North America, Death Cleaning perfectly describes the act of purging and sorting the belongings of a lifetime before you die. This process should be done by everyone.
I don't think minimalism could get any trendier right now. It is so widespread that the backlash has begun. In this article in The Guardian, Chelsea Fagan argues that minimalism is just another form of conspicuous consumption available only to the rich. In this post, Kimberly Button argues that minimalism made her life harder rather than easier. Like everything that humans tend to overwork, ruin or misinterpret, minimalism doesn't have to be done to death.